A 58-year-old German national was killed just after midnight on Wednesday after he allegedly lost control of his Hondo CBR 650 motorcycle, crashed head-on into an oncoming Ford Everest SUV and was thrown head first onto the road, eventually coming to rest under a parked tour bus at the side of the road.
The fatal crash occurred at the entrance to Soi 5 on Thepprasit Road in Jomtien and has initially been blamed on speeding. The German motorcyclist, identified as Mr. Robert Alois Achermann, suffered a large head wound and abrasions to his body and was reportedly killed instantly. He had also lost a toe in the accident.
It is not known whether alcohol played a role in the fatal two-vehicle crash.
The 31-year-old Thai driver of the Ford Everest SUV told police he had been driving down Thepprasit Road in the direction of Jomtien.
When he approached the intersection with Soi 5, Pattaya One reports, he saw the oncoming motorcycle drive at high speed and “wobbling back and forth erratically.” As the German motorcyclist reportedly lost control of the high-powered bike he crashed head-on into the SUV, “hurtling some distance before coming to rest under the parked bus.”
The Thai driver blamed the crash on the German motorcyclist driving his high-powered bike at high speed and claimed he was unable to avoid the collision. Police will now question eyewitnesses and examine CCTV footage at the scene before deciding how to proceed with the case.