The woman, whose name was withheld as the fatal accident happened when she was 16, was cleared in the Central Juvenile and Family Court of all criminal charges from the 2010 accident in which she crashed into a taxi van and sent it plummeting from an elevated expressway, killing nine people. She was 16 and had no license to drive.
The well-heeled young woman was spared from serving a single day in jail after a court sentenced her in 2012 to a suspended jail sentence. She was later ordered to do some community service.
The woman became an object of public scorn after she was photographed resting against a barrier and chatting on her phone while bodies of van passengers, some of them Thammasat University students, littered the road below.
In April, 2014, a court added another year to the suspended sentence she will never serve, along with 48 hours of community service.
The appeal rejected in court today was the final means of seeking criminal prosecution. It means an end to all those court appearances, which must have been really tough on her.
For the family members of those killed in the accident, it was the last opportunity to find justice, however the victims’ families said they will continue to fight for compensation in civil proceedings, Daily News reported.
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