Ferrari that killed cop 'was doing 200kph'

national September 06, 2012 00:00


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Police forensic experts believe Krating Daeng managing director Worrayuth Yoovidhya crashed his Ferrari car directly into the rear of a slain policeman's motorcycle at a speed of around 200km per hour.

The experts based their belief on forensic tests on the black Ferrari and on the motorcycle of Pol Snr Sgt-Major Wichean Klinprasert.

Worrayuth, wearing black suit and black sunglass, at 3pm attended the funeral of Wichean and apologised to family members, at Wat That Thong. He was accompanied by his mother Daranee Yoovidhya.

A forensic expert, who asked not to be named, said evidence contradicted Worrayuth’s claim that Wichean abruptly cut in the front of his Ferrari, preventing him from stopping in time or swerving to avoid impact. The expert said had the policeman’s motorcycle cut in front of the Ferrari car, the angle of the impact would have been diagonal.

Impact traces showed the Ferrari crashed straight into the rear of the motorcycle, leaving an imprint of the bike’s exhaust pipe on the car’s front.

The source said the impact was believed to have happened while the Ferrari was travelling at about 200kph because Worrayuth suffered shoulder and chest bruises from the safety belt and the impact caused the safety belt to be released from its lock and activated the airbag.

The source said the crash site was believed to be in front of Sukhumvit Soi 47 because there was blood at the spot.

The expert said the body of the policeman appeared to have been stuck on the bonnet because there was hair, blood and the victim’s police badge on it.

The expert said the policeman’s body fell from the car 64.8 metres from the crash site as there were more bloodstains at that spot. The policeman appeared to have died there, the source said.

The source said the suspect might have swerved the car at about 200 metres from the crash site to shake off the stuck motorcycle. The machine was found about 200 metres away from the crash site at the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 49.

There was a trail of engine oil from the Ferrari leading into Worrayuth’s house off Sukhuvmit Soi 53.

The source added that DNA samples collected from the safety belt and airbag of the Ferrari matched that of Worrayuth, confirming he had been driving the car.

Senator Samak Chaowaphanun, lawyer for the Yoovidhya family, insisted Worrayuth was not drunk at the time of the accident early on Monday. Samak said Worrayuth did not try to flee the scene but went home to consult his father.

Also yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said Thong Lor crime suppression inspector Pol Lt-Colonel Pannaphol Nammueng might be dismissed from police service if a disciplinary panel found that he had tried to arrest a scapegoat to help Worrayuth.

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