Derry man critical after Bangkok hit and run

Derry man Richard Quigley remains ill in a Bangkok hospital following a hit and run in Thailand on Thursday.
Derry man Richard Quigley remains ill in a Bangkok hospital following a hit and run in Thailand on Thursday.
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The brother of a Derry man seriously injured following a hit and run in Bangkok on Thursday has flown to Thailand where his younger brother remains in a critical condition.

The brother of a Derry man seriously injured following a hit and run in Bangkok on Thursday has flown to Thailand where his younger brother remains in a critical condition.

Richard ‘Richie’ Quigley,(pictured) from Galliagh, had been travelling to his job in Bangkok in a motorcycle taxi on Thursday when his vehicle was hit by another taxi. He sustained a fractured skull and bleeding in his brain. He has been unconscious since, undergoing emergency brain surgery on Thursday. The 27-year-old former Da Vinci’s employee has lived and worked in Thailand for the past three years.

Speaking before leaving Derry last night, Stephen Quigley said the family had been inundated over the past 48 hours with messages of support and donations to help fund his brother’s medical bills.

He said: “News started to filter through on Thursday about Richard’s accident. He’d been on his way to work when the motorcycle taxi he was in was hit.

He wasn’t too far from the place where he works when the accident happened and he managed to make it into work. But when he got there he started vomiting and took very ill. He was rushed to hospital where they discovered he had fractured his skull and had blood clots in his brain.

“Before emergency surgery to his brain he had lost power down his left side and since the operation he’s been unconscious so we don’t really know how he’ll be affected until he comes out of it. He opened his eyes yesterday for a few minutes so that’s given us some hope but all we can really do at this stage is hope for the best.”

Richard, from Ederowen Park in the city had worked in Da Vinci’s. He travelled back to Derry in June following the death of his mother Margo.

“He’d been very homesick after going back this time,” said Stephen.

“He’d never really been homesick before. He’d travelled the world and he’d spent three years in Thailand but my mother’s death hit the family hard and I think even though he was away from Derry, Richard was feeling that.”

Stephen said Richard has a big friend base here in the city because of his connections through the hospitality industry and his association with Derry City Football Club.

The amount of support and good wishes we’ve had since all this happened on Thursday has been unbelievable, it’s been completely overwhelming,” he said. He said Richard’s medical bills to date have amounted to £5,000 and that the family want to make sure the 27-year-old gets the best possible treatment.

“We were reluctant at the beginning to ask people locally to donate to help Richard because we know there isn’t a lot of money around and we didn’t want to ask people but the truth is, we had so many people coming forward and wanting to help that we had to set up a Facebook page for donations so that people knew exactly where the money was going.

“Richard is so well known in Derry. He’s a huge Derry City fan and before he went away he went to all the matches and handed out programmes at the Brandywell during half time. Because of his time spent working in Da Vinci’s, a lot of people got to know him through there as well. Our mum, who died in June, worked there as well and already, staff at Da Vincis have organised a charity night on November 3rd.

“We want to thank everyone for their help so far. Richard is covered for a certain level of medical care in Thailand because he works and pays taxes there but it doesn’t cover the type of care he’s required so far and we don’t know how much care he’s going to need in the coming weeks and months so we want to thank all those who have donated so far.”

Stephen also thanked Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey who he said has been liaising with the Irish Embassy in Thailand on the family’s behalf.

He said he was hopeful that police in Thailand would be able to find the person responsible for the hit and run.

“Because the motorcycle taxis only carry one person at a time, the taxi behind Richard’s was carrying a friend of his who witnessed the hit and run and was able to give the number plate of the vehicle involved to the police so we hope that through the Irish Embassy the investigation will catch whoever is responsible.”