Heartbroken family's travel warning

7:00am Saturday 12th January 2013

THE family of a man killed in a crash in Thailand have warned travellers of the perils of using the roads out there.

Ryan Marven, 30, from Stanford-le-Hope was seriously injured in Koh Samui when the driver of the minibus he was on lost control and crashed in August 2011.

Ryan fractured his skull and slipped into a coma from which he never woke up.

His family, who raised £30,000 to fly him back to Essex, made the heartbreaking decision to stop his treatment, and Ryan slipped away peacefully at Basildon Hospital on January 25 last year.

The inquest into his death was held at Chelmsford’s Civic Centre onWednesday, where coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray recorded a verdict of death as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic collision.

Speaking after the verdict, Ryan’s mum Karen Hatch, 52, of Monks Haven, Stanford-le-Hope, said: “We would like to have seen the driver prosecuted, but its difficult when it happens abroad.

“A friend of Ryan’s, who was travelling in the minibus, said the driver was driving far too fast in terrible weather, so much so he started to aquaplane before crashing into the central reservation.

“Lots of people go travelling there and people need to be more aware of the risks.

“People shouldn't take any form of public or road transport over there. It’s just too dangerous.

“People drive around out there without helmets on or anything.

“I don’t think we will ever find peace over this.”

More than 800,000 Brits journey to Thailand every year. Between 2000 and 2010, 124,855 people were killed in road traffic accidents in Thailand.

On average, that means there are more than 12,000 deaths a year on the country’s roads.


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