“His plane landed in Phuket and literally four to five hours later, this accident happened.”
It’s the kind of news every traveler and family dreads.
Campbell River’s Jason Hoffman was involved in a serious scooter incident in Thailand which left one person dead and two others injured.
Thai police would later arrest him while he was in hospital nursing a broken leg after a local newspaper alleged the 32-year-old was drinking before the crash and was therefore responsible.
Hoffman was later released and is recovering in a hostel, but has been ordered to pay $100,000 in compensation or else he won’t be allowed to leave the country.
His brother Clinton told Global News it’s still unclear where the fault in the accident lies.
“The details of the accident are still unknown for us. We don’t know the truth behind who’s at fault.”
“At first it seemed like it was compensation for the families involved, to pay the police, and pay the courts. We really had no idea and no confidence to say what it was being used for.”
The family set up a crowdfunding site to bring Jason home, saying it’s important to them to properly compensate the victims.
“The most important thing people should be aware of is their exposures and risks to places their not familiar with. Don’t risk it. It’s not worth it.”