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Phuket woman, 29, posts bail after fatal late-night hit-and-run

PHUKET: A 29-year-old Thai woman driver who turned herself in to Phuket Police late last night following a hit-and-run incident that left a 48 year old man dead, is free on bail.

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Sunday 13 March 2016, 09:53AM

Pol Lt Col Suchart Meelumpong of Phuket police station at 11:50 p.m. last night (March 12) was notified of an accident in Koh Kaew on Thepkrasttri Rd's southbound lane at the curve about 200 metres north of the turnoff for Laem Hin.

At the scene of the accident, police found a totalled white Chevrolet Captiva on its side and with its rear end entangled with the roadside barrier. About five meters away was a Honda Dream modified trailer motor bike (rot saleng) with a damaged rear end and in the roadside ditch.

A tub of ice cream found on the road is believed to have come off of the modified trailer motorbike. Nearby rescue workers were administering CPR to a man who was lying in a pool of his own blood that was coming from a wound on his head.

An ambulance from Mission Hospital finally arrived and transported the man who was initially reported to be in critical condition, but later pronounced dead at hospital. The man was named as Solae Nonsri, 48.

Pol Lt Col Suchart told The Phuket News that the driver of the white car had later turned herself in and said that she had fled the scene initially in fear of retaliation from the victim's relatives. The woman was named as 29-year-old Busaba Wongnoi.


Police said that the woman has already posted bail, which was covered by her first-class insurance, but declined to comment further. The Phuket News understands that police did not check the woman for alcohol or drugs.

UPDATE: Phuket City Police have told The Phuket News that Ms Busaba was not tested for alcohol or drugs as she "did not show any signs of being under the influence of either drugs or alcohol."

Ms Busaba told police that she collided with the motorbike because she could not see the motorbike's taillight, police said.

Ms Busaba, however, has been charged with reckless driving causing death.



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Joe12 | 18 March 2016 - 19:45:56 matters not what I am or what I do. I purposely comment on posts that are factually incorrect or when commentators post conclusions with no basis in fact. This is in order to provide balance and fairness on a wide range of topics. My pet hates are people who disrespect and rubbish the Thai nation; the land; it's system and it's people. 

I advised previously and respectfully suggest you do the same is to check the law in relation to the euphemism "hit and run." It's a bit more complicated than you think and lot needs to be proved. If you have trouble, speak to a lawyer or a Policeman. A short, well written informative article on a motor accident is not the basis on which to base a conclusion as you have done.  

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jogi | 17 March 2016 - 23:09:08

@Joe12  flee the scene after cause a accident is hit and run. it don't matter with or without the vehicle who was involved in the accident. the reason the driver was in fear of what so ever, would be acceptable, if she would contact the police soon as possible (+/- 10 min) after she left the accident scene. for sure it is my conclusions this woman had to organize some cover up. the (no further comment strategy) from police, there high-handed decision, not taking a blood-test, not give the time when she turned her in and other information's not given to the press by there request, let very much space for conclusions. let's wait and see if this case go one day to court or just dis-appear in thin air. Joe12 are you somehow connected to police, government? by family/ business/job/investment?  some former comment's from you, to other people's comment's about the holy cow POLICE and GOVERNMENT  let me suggest this      

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Joe12 | 16 March 2016 - 19:33:24

Jogi...given the nature charge/s it cannot have been a "hit and run" accident as you suggest. Given the paucity of information, how on earth do you conclude that she "contact all her influential friends? and the other nonsense conclusions you arrive at.  

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jogi | 16 March 2016 - 14:19:05

it is hit and run and nothing else. and in my eye's a big cover-up by police. the police don't mention what time the woman turned herself in. if she was in fear of retaliation's from relative's of the victim and fled the scene, why not inform the police by phone immediately???  no she had to contact all her influential friend's for a big cover-up. the police keep silent about: charge's against the driver/what time she turned herself in/was a alcohol-drug-test taken/ amount of bail/how many people was in the accident-car/was she really the driver. all the information's the press get from the police if the culprit has no powerful friends in  uniforms,  government and big-business-mafia    

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Joe12 | 14 March 2016 - 18:02:11 usual you jump to illogical baseless conclusions. Police and Insurance "relaxed and sloppy..?" I take it you arrived at that conclusion on the basis of the understanding by the Phuket News (not Police) that police did not check the woman for alcohol or drugs. You didn't consider that Police may have concluded 
that she was not exhibiting signs of having taken alcohol or drugs, given the timeframe from when the accident occcured and her report to Police later. This was confirmed in the latest update.

You should also consider what is the law in relation to the euphemism "hit and run" and what is needed to prove such offence as you seem confused. There were some facts missing in the article so you cannot justify your comments in relation to "hit and run." 

Any comparison to Singapore is irrelevant. There are fines, imprisonment and loss of license in Thailand or possible deportation if a foreign national for drink/driving.

You should bear in mind – and be prepared to accept – that enforcement of law in a just and fair society means enforcement of law equally, without prejudice, and with the same application of law to any infringements.

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g2x3k | 13 March 2016 - 22:17:58

bet if it had been a farang case would look alot diff

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Kurt | 13 March 2016 - 11:22:04

Flabbergasted that the woman was not checked on alcohol or drugs by police initiative.
When I was her car insurance company I would also demand. a alcohol and drugs test before covering her bail.

Why Police and car insurance company are so relaxed and sloppy in these matters?  ( 3rd world country attitude?)
A man did die!

After deadly accidents at least do alcohol and drugs tests.
It makes it easier and stronger to charge the person who is responsible for the 'accident' and the car insurance company can keep the money in the pocket, can refuse to pay anything.

Fled the scene, leaving a man alone in critical condition.
Again a 'hit and run' affair. 
Just for that up to a 1 year jail time is justified. ( like in Singapore).

Tourists, be careful on the Phuket roads, this can happen to you too, just left alone dying on a Phuket road.

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Richard Vickers | 13 March 2016 - 10:01:36

Sheer insanity.

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