CHIANGRAI TIMES – Christopher Hart from the UK who worked as a teacher and volunteered with orphans has been killed in a tragic motorbike accident after he collided with a transport truck in Phuket.
Christopher Hart, 44, a keen coach for various sporting teams, was on his way home from cricket practice in the resort of Phuket when he collided with the truck last night.
Mr Hart moved to Thailand six years ago, where he met his wife, Bangon and they have a three year old son together called Oliver.
Away from the classroom Mr Hart was also a website designer for a languages company and volunteered with local orphans.
Mr Hart, a Manchester City fan from Rochdale, planned to move back to Britain next year having lived in various other countries including Australia, Mexico, Spain and the Netherlands.
His mother, Josie, from Littleborough, Greater Manchester, paid tribute to him, saying: ‘Chris was an incredible person.
He loved his family and friends, loved sport, loved Littleborough and loved life.
He will be missed by so many people whose lives he touched.
His father, Tom, and brother, Stephen, travelled to Phuket for a Buddhist service and cremation last week and a memorial football tournament in Thailand was also organised in his name by friends. Five teams took part.
The accident once again puts the safety of Thailand’s roads in the spotlight.
The Thai government has launched a drive to encourage the use of helmets as part of a master plan to hit a UN target of less than 10 deaths per 100,000 people.
It is unclear whether Mr Hart was wearing a helmet.