Pregnant British woman crushed to death in Thailand moped crash

Sophie Emma Rose's boyfriend Danny Glass says she was 'the most precious person I had ever connected with'

Hermione Wright
Tuesday 09 May 2017 18:29
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Sophie Emma Rose, who has died aged 41
Sophie Emma Rose, who has died aged 41

A heavily pregnant British woman has been killed in a scooter accident in Thailand, her boyfriend has said.

Breastfeeding advocate Sophie Emma Rose, 41, originally from Blackpool in Lancashire, died in the crash in Thalang, Phuket, on Monday.

Her boyfriend, Danny Glass, 29, from Margate in Kent, was also injured.

He paid tribute to his partner on Facebook, saying: "I am in total shock as I've lost the most precious person I had ever connected with."

He added: "She was also pregnant so I lost my child too."

Ms Rose, who lived in Phuket, featured in national newspaper reports last year after saying women should breastfeed until their children are aged eight.

She uploaded videos of her breastfeeding her five-year-old son and her life abroad to her YouTube channel, Sophie's Joy.

Last Thursday, she gave viewers an update on her pregnancy.

The Phuket News reported she was crushed to death under an 18-wheeled truck when the moped she was riding pillion on swerved to avoid a parked car.

Mr Glass, who was driving the moped, suffered minor injuries and the 30-year-old truck driver later surrendered himself to police, it added.

The Foreign Office said: "We are providing support to a British man who was injured in a road traffic accident in Thalang, Thailand, and are in contact with the local police."

 

Bumpy shot on the rocks at Banana beach today. Having a bit of child free time 💜

A post shared by Sophie (@sophiesjoy) on

In a YouTube video Mr Glass said that rather than swerving around a parked car, he had braked sharply because another vehicle had done the same ahead of him.

"The bike has wobbled, I’d tried to stabilise it — I haven’t been able to. It’s two people on a scooter, it’s very difficult thing to do, and the bike has slid to the right side and I’ve obviously gone into fight or flight mode," he said.

Mr Glass also claimed that thanks to his "very good intuitive abilities" he had communicated with Ms Rose's "spirit".

He said "she was very, very angry at first at me" and now "she has started to calm down" and is telling him not to "blame himself" for what happened.

He wrote on Facebook on Tuesday that he had been told either he or the truck driver would be charged over the death.

Additional reporting by agencies

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