11 July 2024
Rider of 'big bike' involved in fatal accident to be indicted on nine charges

Public prosecutors have decided to indict on nine charges a police officer who fatally injured an eye doctor in an accident with his large motorcycle at a zebra crossing in Bangkok’s Phaya Thai district in late January.

Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) Spokesman Itthiporn Kaewthip told the media today (Tuesday) that the prosecutors in charge of the case agreed with the Phaya Thai police over the nine charges against Pol.L/Cpl. Norawit Buadok, a crowd control police officer.

The charges are reckless driving causing death to another person, using a vehicle which does not display a license plate, failing to drive a vehicle close to the left curb of the traffic lane, failing to stop at a zebra crossing, using a vehicle which is not insured and for which the annual road tax has not been paid and exceeding the speed limit.

Itthiporn also said that public prosecutors will ask the court to confiscate the motorbike and to suspend the driving license of the defendant.

OAG Deputy Spokesman Prayuth Pecharakun said that the victim’s family has been informed, by the prosecutors, that they have the right to demand compensation from the suspect, in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Code, even though they may have already filed for compensation through the Civil Court.

The accident, which occurred in the afternoon of January 21st in front of the Bhumirajanagarindra Kidney Institute Hospital on Phaya Thai Road, sparked outrage on social media, which eventually led to the city police and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration installing traffic lights at about 100 zebra crossings in Bangkok.