Sedan driver to face several charges
The 16-year-old driver of the sedan involved in the Monday night horror crash is to face multiple charges after a senior police commander discussed the progress and details of the accident with investigators yesterday.
Pol Maj-General Amnuay Nimmano, a deputy metropolitan bureau commander, said it should be known by today which charges would be laid against the unnamed girl. "A road accident caused by carelessness subjects violators to a maximum three years in jail, and driving without a licence is a separate offence that has a hefty fine," he said. To ensure her security, the driver has been moved to an unspecified hospital after being briefly treated in Vibhavadi Hospital. She has been the subject of a public outburst on various Web boards, including a Facebook page set up to criticise her.
Police spokesman Maj-General Prawut Thawornsiri has warned people posting online diatribes that they might be accused of libel or defamation, because the driver had not yet been named a suspect.
Vibhavadi police, meanwhile, have questioned the girl's mothe and called on witnesses to volunteer information. Case investigator Pol Colonel Chaiwat Kalanthapura said the offence of causing deaths and injuries through carelessness, among others, should be levelled against her.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, speaking about the accident, said nobody was above the law and police were working on the case. Deputy PM Suthep Thaugsuban chose not to comment on rumours the girl had fled Thailand, saying he would have the police make a statement regarding progress in the case. Actor Nat Thephasdin na Ayutthaya, who is the unnamed girl's stepbrother, said the parents, and the girl herself, were sad about what happened and dismissed speculation that the family was using social privilege to influence police investigators. - The Nation
Eight people killed in the van accident
1. Pratya Khantha, 21, third-year economics student, Thammasat University
2. Sudawadi Nilwan, third-year law student, Thammasat University
3. Kiattiman Rod-aree, 23, employee, National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre
4. Pinyo Jinanthuya, 34, assistant to the dean of Thammasat University's Faculty of Architecture and Planning.
5. Trong Sudthanakit, 24, graduate of Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University
6. Ukrit Ratanachomsri,30, researcher at the National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
7. Dr Sastra Chaothiang,33, scientist at the National Science and Technology Development Agency
8. Naruemon Pitathanang, 38, the van's driver
The 16-year-old driver of the sedan
The 16-year-old driving a car, 8 people killed in the van accident.
In the Monday night.
She has driving carelessness and without a licence.
By The Nation
Published on December 30, 2010