Teenager racing on Phuket pier leaves 13-year-old boy dead

PHUKET: A 13-year-old boy died after his head hit a pylon while he and his friends were running on Laem Sai Pier in Thepkrasattri, Thalang, yesterday morning (March 28).

Police and rescue workers were called to the wharf at Moo 6 Thepkrasattri shortly after 11.30am.

First responders arrived to find the boy, Chanachon Chaiwichian, a 13-year-old local resident of Moo 6 Thepkrasattri, dead from fatal head trauma.

Police say Chanachon was running along the pier on a motorbike with friends when the accident happened.

The young people were on three motorcycles. They were rapidly approaching the covered seating area at the end of the pier when two of the motorcycles collided, knocking their drivers and passengers onto the pier.

Chanachon was riding as a passenger on one of the motorcycles. He fell and his head hit a pylon supporting the roof of the seating area. He was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the motorcycle Chanachon was riding was a 14-year-old friend from elementary school. The boy, a Myanmar national living in Pa Khlok, was rushed to Thalang Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The other youngsters involved in the race were an 11-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl. All three live nearby at Moo 6 Thepkrasattri.

Pier supervisor Sudjai Leenoi, 42, said she was in her office with staff when they saw the children arriving on motorbikes. Before staff could react, the children raced down the pier at high speed and then the accident happened.

Police have yet to reveal what action they will take following the fatal accident.

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