The high-speed car crash in Ayutthaya that killed two post-graduate students on the spot on March 13 has brought back the memories of two similar cases in recent years where children of wealthy families killed other people while driving and the revelation so far has confirmed everyone’s fears. Netizens have been criticising police investigation and wondering if reckless drivers from rich families would would ever serve jail terms. In one case, an unlicensed, 17-year-old driver, Orachorn “Praewa” Thephasadin na Ayudhya, killed nine people in a crash on Don Muang tollway on Dec 27, 2010.
In 2014, the Appeals Court sentenced her to two years in jail, suspended for four years, and ordered her to perform community service for 48 hours each year for four years. She was also banned from driving until she is 25. But latest official records indicated she might not have performed the community service the right way.
Probation Department chief Pol Col Narat Sawetanant on Friday accused her of breaching the court order. Orachorn, now 23, denied the allegation, saying she had already performed community service at Phramongkutklao Hospital.