21 May 2024

Former national police chief, Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang, accompanied by Associate Professor Dr. Saiprasit Kerdniyom, of King Mongkut Institute of Technology (KMIT), are to meet with Pol Lt-Gen Manoo Mekmok, Commissioner of the Police Forensic Science Office, to present new evidence about the speed of the Ferrari, being driven by Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya, at the time of the fatal accident on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok in 2012.

The meeting is reported in a document regarding the conflicting speed evidence issue, submitted by a forensics officer, Pol Col Thanasit Taengchan, sent to the House Committee on Legal Affairs on Thursday.

Pol Col Thanasit, in his original report about the car’s speed, insisted that Vorayuth was travelling at 177kph at the time of the accident. He later retracted this statement, maintaining that the speed was actually 79.22kph, claiming that he was under pressure from senior officers.

Thanasit was at the meeting with Pol Gen Somyot, Dr. Saiprasit, Pol Col Veeradol Taptimdee, Superintendent of Thonglor police, and Pol Lt-Gen Manoon at the Police Forensic Science Office on February 26th 2016.

In the report to the House Committee on Legal Affairs, Pol Col Thanasit made a statement about his calculation of the Ferrari’s speed, admitting to errors in the original calculation.

The police colonel was questioned until 10pm, after which he was asked to sign two documents relating to the speed issue.

Dr. Saiprasit, meanwhile, insisted that the speed of the Ferrari was below the 80kph speed limit.