A ‘CARING and helpful’ woman died on a Thai island after she was knocked down by an uninsured motorcyclist, an inquest has found.
Lynsey Breckon, (pictured), who celebrated her 40th birthday at Gunwharf Quays with her family just weeks before the fatal accident, had been staying at a retreat on the island of Ko Pha Ngan before returning to Australia.
The events manager had been working in Sydney for several years.
Before leaving the UK, Lynsey, from Gosport, had run a restaurant in Haslar Marina called Landers Bar & Restaurant.
Yesterday, Portsmouth Coroner’s Court heard how Lynsey was walking along a street in the Surat Thani province on May 18 this year when a 20-year-old German university student on an off-road trial bike hit her.
The man fled and was arrested shortly afterwards.
Her father, Andrew Breckon, told the coroner how witnesses believe the motorcyclist was travelling at between 55mph and 62mph before he collided with Lynsey.
She was rushed to hospital but died of multiple injuries shortly after arriving.
Mr Breckon told coroner David Horsley of the ‘blood agreement’ the Thai police asked him and the father of the driver to make after he arrived in the country. Both sides had to pay money to the police.
He said: ‘We tried to keep track of what happened to the youth.
‘They call it ‘local custom’ but we might call what happened “corruption”.
‘We understand that the father paid a considerable sum to the authorities.
‘We agreed a blood agreement where the next of kin pays a certain amount.
‘We did not want to do that, but unless both parties did, her body would not be released for repatriation.
‘We understand the police then went back to the other family and asked for more money. We understand certain payments were made and he was released with a caution.’
After Mr Horsley recorded a narrative verdict of Lynsey’s death, her father said: ‘She was caring and did a lot for other people.
‘The condolences we received afterwards said it all.
‘There were so many people she helped.
‘She enjoyed travelling and always took time off work to go travelling during quiet periods.
‘Although she did not tell her family, I understand she was considering coming back to the UK because she asked a friend to help find her a job.’