A taxi driver faces an attempted murder charge after CCTV captured him intentionally smashing into a motorcycle on a road in Bangkok. Luckily, the rider survived.
The brother of the victim, Piyapong Yodsing, uploaded CCTV footage of the incident to TikTok.
The video shows a yellow taxi in the right-hand lane of Tiwanon Road in Bangkok behind the motorcycle. The taxi then accelerates and intentionally swerves into the motorcycle sending the rider and his bike tumbling down the road. Watch the video here.
Luckily the rider wasn’t hurt and the sedan behind him managed to break in time.
Amarin TV interviewed the motorcycle rider, identified as 44 year old Monthachai Thapsiluck, a security guard at Sirindhorn National Medical Rehabilitation Institution in Bangkok.
Monthachai informed the media that the incident happened last Monday, September 12, while he was travelling on Tiwanon Road. He said he noticed the yellow taxi behind him and tried to move into the left lane but couldn’t because a sedan was approaching.
Monthachai said he didn’t know what he had done to make the taxi driver angry but, added even if he did do something to annoy him, his actions were too much and he could have been killed. He said he would like to ask the taxi driver how he would feel if the same thing happened to someone he loved.
Monthachai said his motorcycle was damaged beyond repair and can’t be used. The sedan car was also damaged.
Monthachai filed a complaint at Rattanathibet Police Station on the day of the accident but officers have yet to update him on any progress.
Many netizens commented on the video and agreed that the taxi driver should face an attempted murder charge.
According to Section 288 of the Criminal Laws: whoever murders others shall be punished with life imprisonment or imprisonment from 15 to 20 years. If the taxi driver is charged with attempted murder, he would be punished with half of the punishment of Section 288.
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