Hit-run driver surrenders

national June 06, 2012 00:00

By JESSADA JANTARAK
THE NATION

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A teenager turned himself in to police yesterday to face charges over a hit-and-run accident that left two victims seriously injured.



The accident took place on the night of May 19 when the victims and two other friends got out of their car to help people injured in an earlier crash on the Rama IX Bridge.

The 18-year-old driver had not contacted police till a summons was issued to his grandmother, 81-year-old Hong Sae Lee, who owns the Mini Cooper he allegedly drove at the time of the crash. Recordings from security cameras revealed the licence plate number of the car.

Lee showed up at Thang Duan 1 Police Station yesterday with her grandson and his lawyer, Kerdphon Kaewkerd.

A cousin of one victim, 24-year-old Chotika Prasartsophon, was so enraged with the driver he grabbed the young man’s neck. A fight broke out and police had to step in.

The driver underwent two hours of interrogation, and later lay prostrate before relatives of his victims to ask for an apology.

He later told media: “I am sorry. I had no intention to harm them. I was not drunk at the time of the accident.”

Asked why he fled from the scene, the boy did not answer. His lawyer said the teenager was “shocked, tense and suicidal”.

A police officer said the boy was charged with reckless driving causing injury and property damage to others, driving without a licence, fleeing the scene without helping victims, and failing to alert a police at a spot close to the scene. He will be sent to a juvenile centre.