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Rescuers claim former transport minister tried to flee accident scene

Jack Burton



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Thawee Kraikupt, a former transport minister and the father of government MP Pareena Kraikupt, was involved a car crash in Ratchaburi province, just west of Bangkok, that injured a 16 year old boy. His daughter Pareena was recently found guilty of illegally occupying some 700 rai of government land and forced to return most of it to the Agricultural Land Reform Office.

Bangkok Post reports that police were alerted on Saturday afternoon after a car hit a motorcycle at an intersection near a canal bridge. A patrol team was sent to the scene when they learned that the driver had tried to escape. Police found a Mercedes-Benz with Bangkok number plates, blocked by the rescuers’ pickup truck, about 300 metres from the scene.

The Sawang Ratchaburi rescue team was first on the scene. According to their Facebook page, Thawee tried to escape before police arrived.

When questioned, the driver did not get out of the car, but repeatedly told police “I’m Thawee”.

When rescuers, locals and the boy’s mother accused him of trying to escape, he reversed the car and finally got out to see injured boy. The boy, named Ek, had lacerations on his right ankle and toe.

An initial investigation found Thawee had been turning right, while Ek, driving a motorbike, was going ahead to cross the bridge when their vehicles collided. Thawee eventually went to the police station, where he agreed to pay for medical bills and repairs to the teenager’s bike.

Foundation rescuers told police that while they were applying first aid to the victim and waiting for police, Thawee suddenly tried to drive away, but hit a nearby fence and almost hit them as well. He then turned left to the canal road but their vehicle blocked his path. He honked the horn for it to be removed but police finally arrived.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    He repeated told the police “I’m Thawee.”
    Indicated he expected special lenient treatment.
    Maybe he would have received it if there were not cameras around,
    but it does show how the Thai administration operate.
    Has he been charged with any offence, naw = no chance of that.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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