Two young teenagers were pronounced dead at the scene after their motorbike collided with a motor vehicle at a U-turn in South Pattaya just before National Thai curfew time last night.
Lieutenant Nares Pumsawai of the Pattaya City Police was notified of the accident at 10:45PM at U-turn in front of Makro store in Pattaya. This same U-Turn has been the site of multiple deaths and accidents over the past several years.
Police, emergency responders and The Pattaya News arrived at the scene to find the damaged vehicle and motorbike as well as a crowd at the scene of the accident who had witnessed the event.
The lifeless bodies of a 14 year old male and female teenager were found on the road. Rescue workers from the Sawang Boriboon foundation had attempted to provide medical aid but were unsuccessful.
Friends of the two teenagers told The Pattaya News that they were heading back home on other motorbikes.
When the two victims were making a U turn on their motorbike they lost control and both driver and passenger fell where they were hit by an incoming motor vehicle. Neither youth was wearing a helmet.
The motor vehicle driver, a 23 year old woman whose name was withheld pending an investigation of the incident and was visibly shaken up by the accident told Pattaya Law Enforcement officials the two victims had run through the U-Turn quickly and she was tragically unable to avoid hitting them. She was cooperating with Pattaya Police in the ongoing investigation.
The Pattaya News noted that the U-turned had previously been ordered closed on one side for the lane to Bangkok but opened on the lane to Sattahip.
The U turn in question has had a long and tragic history, even being permanently ordered closed by officials at one point but just recently opened to one way turns in a single direction to Sattahip.
Here are some prior incidents that took place at the same U-Turn.