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Killer Phuket visa run driver charged with reckless driving, fined B150,000

Killer Phuket visa run driver charged with reckless driving, fined B150,000

PHUKET: The visa run van driver who crashed his vehicle in Phang Nga yesterday (Dec 21) killing three passengers and injuring a further seven has been charged with reckless driving and fined B150,000 police confirmed today (Dec 22).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 22 December 2016, 04:07PM

The K.B.V Visa Run vehicle is removed from the scene of the accident. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The K.B.V Visa Run vehicle is removed from the scene of the accident. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Phang Nga City Police Chief Col Suwat Kaewprom told The Phuket News this afternoon that the van driver, Mr Prawit Raweewat, has been charged with reckless driving causing death and injury.

“He has been charged and paid a fine of B150,000. However, officers are still investigating whether the vehicle was registered to be used as public transport or not. If the van was being operated under the wrong category then Prawit’s licence might be suspended or revoked, but this will be up to the court to decide,” he said.

Chief Col Suwat added that the vehicle insurance company will take care of all expenses. “I was told that the insurance is first rate, but it has not yet been confirmed how much each victim will be compensated,” he said.

The deceased were named by police as:

1 Mr Stephane Sebastien Jean Peal, 46, French

2 Mr Patrick Andre Pessey (age not confirmed) French

3 Miss Jessica Paller, 40, Filipina

The injured foreigners who remain in hospital were named by police as:

1 Ms Ageenko Nadezhda, 3,2 Russian (in ICU at Phang Nga Hospital)

2 Mr Anam Wicaksona, 43, Indonesian (in Vachira Phuket Hospital)

3 Ms Baumgartner Verena, 38, Austrian (in Vachira Phuket Hospital)

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4 Mr John Gary Olive, 48, British (in Vachira Phuket Hospital)

5 Mr Wennie Cajeras, 47, Filipino (in Phang Nga Hospital)

6 Miss Taresita Padewel, 53, Filipina (in Vachira Phuket Hospital)

Meanwhile, at 1pm yesterday, a group of Phang Nga officials led by Vice Governor Sripong Buthngamdee arrived at Phang Nga Hospital and were told that one of the injured passengers, Mr Cajeras, was in a critical condition so needed to be transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital. His condition has since improved but he will still need to stay in the hospital for a couple days.

V/Gov Sripong said, “We were told that Prawit needed treatment for a head injury at Phang Nga Hospital and that his wife, who was also travelling in the van, is the only person that escaped with minor injuries.

“All the passengers were heading to Satun to renew their visas when the accident took place,” he said.

Phang Nga Governor Phakpong Taweewat ordered every department involved to follow the progress of the accident investigation, to take care of the injured victims, and to help contact related embassies.

“Many factors are to blame for this unfortunate accident including weather conditions, the road condition, a dangerous bend and way the van was being driven,” he said.

Ms Hathairat Kongchana of the Phang Nga Land Transport Office added that she suspected that the van was being used as public transport without a proper permit.

“When we ran a check on the licence plate it did not specify that it was a public transport vehicle. We are checking the registration and vehicle condition again so that we can punish the driver according to our laws and regulations,” she said.

As is required by law, the basic insurance coverage for victims of road accidents is B300,000 for those that die and B80,000 for injured victims. This may be more or less depending on the insurance that the company has, however, if it is first class insurance the aforementioned figures should be the amount the insurance company pays out.  

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Joe12 | 05 January 2017 - 22:23:26

Ben... You know nothing about me, nor where I was born and raised. Cripes, I could even be one of those under achievers from the "...most poorly educated people in the modern world." who feels compelled to right a wrong by those who take delight in rubbishing the country and its people.

Christy...never do I attempt to influence others but present factual arguments to counter the factu...

BenPendejo | 02 January 2017 - 11:29:02

Oh brother.  This Joe12 seems to be causing everyone on this site to suffer from his superiority complex.  You talk like a sausage and seem to be on here for no other reason than to engage in conflict with everyone else posting.  I like Christy's insight and manners, as well as most other peoples input.  You kind of sound like someone that could never achieve much in your home country, but now...

Christy Sweet | 02 January 2017 - 08:11:51

Really Joe 12 - Of course wearing a helmet is a personal choice as is the decision to flout the law. If you want to argue it's a poor decision, I'd agree.
You're very fond in prior comments of telling readers they are in Thailand and so should not expect to influence cultural mores. Well, corruption and disregard for safety and laws  are standard cultural mores here and I've ma...

Joe12 | 01 January 2017 - 00:40:04

Christy...If you consider it individual choice not to wear helmets, try talking to accident and emergency Doctors. 

In this modern capitalist society, the institutions of nation states such as Police, Army etc. serves the interests of people and private property. If citizens (or you) feel strongly about anything you set about attempting to change it, or to right a wrong. That is why we have Pol...

Christy Sweet | 28 December 2016 - 15:50:36

Joe 12 I've never once "whinged"[sic] about helmets. In fact I  believe it is a personal choice to wear one and should not be a law. I ask again, what is your suggestion I and everyone else do about unsafe visa run van drivers? 

Joe12 | 27 December 2016 - 20:54:22

Rorii...I don't need to know what she meant. My piece was addressing the meagre "facts" as presented by ACPhuket who asked for "...any advice and or advocacy will be greatly appreciated." Nothing concrete could be given because of the paucity of facts. Get it right. 

Joe12 | 27 December 2016 - 20:47:05

Christy...well there ya go. You're like everyone else, including PN, who whinge about the road toll, no helmets, speeding etc etc. yet no-one does anything about it. What good is it reporting to the company concerned? Nothing. 

Rorii | 26 December 2016 - 15:20:58

Joe12, most of us less "higher intelligent" beasts, do not "conjure" up a "bag of potatoes" in fact us lesser beings know exactly what ACPhuket means, as for the rest of your comment, unlike ACPhuket, you do not know the lady involved, or the circumstances involve, you simply assume far too much, simply in order to project you "greater than thou" attitude. Y...

Christy Sweet | 26 December 2016 - 14:59:30

Joe 12, What  should I have done the dozen or so times I've observed a visa run van endangering lives- citizen's arrest?  Chased after the offender forcing him off the road? Complain to the company- (I have.)
I comment for the same reason as everyone-including yourself, does- to have my view known. Difference is, I can do it in  two or three sentences and completely without need to di...

oldsamuihand | 25 December 2016 - 20:01:02

When are people going to learn that Thailand ceased being a sensible country for foreigners to spend a holiday, let alone retire in, a long time ago. I pray that this lady can pull through her injuries and gets some decent care. At least it sounds like she has friends looking out for her.

LES | 25 December 2016 - 16:16:14

This needs to be posted via social media to allow it to go viral so that the world knows what is happening, and perhaps deter future tourists to be killed and treated in such a disgraceful manner.150,000 baht fine and thats it ?

ematt | 25 December 2016 - 11:16:38

Posters here seem shocked to have discovered they are living in a still developing country; one whose insurance laws, traffic fatality rates, law enforcement practices, and legal system are not the same as their own.

bossy | 25 December 2016 - 03:31:32

This is the outcome of what can happen when you try to live a cheap lifestyle.
Come and live or holiday in Australia, beautiful beaches and everything else that Thailand have but much safer and you will be protected and treated first class in the event of any accident.
Come to Australia when you are sick of being abused in Thailand.

Joe12 | 24 December 2016 - 22:27:36

ACPhuket...from all accounts, your comments are written in a fit of rage. Such a state is not conducive in eliciting proper facts. Firstly, she was not removed from the van via jaws of life. Her removal from the van was facilitated by the use of the "jaws of life".

Secondly you state she was then "...literally dumped in Phang Nga hospital." then later again "dumped"...

swerv | 24 December 2016 - 14:23:57

Kurt: How can it be a court case? It was a RTA, which is dealt with by the police.
What has corruption got to do with it? There is no corruption in this case.

Christy Sweet | 23 December 2016 - 15:50:46

I\'ve had the clearly marked vans tailgate dangerously and pass me a supersonic speeds on the mainland route 4  at least a dozen times. The two times I had to utilize a visa run service, I made damn sure it was not this company.

ACPhuket | 23 December 2016 - 14:10:19

My neighbor and friend was one of the Philipina ladies involved in this accident. After she was removed from the van via jaws of life, she was was literally dumped in Phang Nga hospital. After I found her there, we began to campaign for her to be moved to better facilities in Phuket. Also so she can be close to us friends who are communicating with her worried family in the Philippines.
Early thi...

toptipster | 22 December 2016 - 19:39:58

“Many factors are to blame for this unfortunate accident including weather conditions, the road condition, a dangerous bend and way the van was being driven,”  One reason only in my mind.....
If you drive to suit the conditions, and slow enough, any corner can be taken without crashing, no matter how crap the road is or if its raining !!

Kurt | 22 December 2016 - 18:22:06

3 persons died, the others in hospitals, and the RTP quickly able to fine the Van Driver in less than 24 hours?
End of story?
That smells to RTP corruption!Any other explanation?
Please, enlighten me. Than I can apologize.
The whole affair suppose to become a Court case, not a police station affair!

The corrupt justification:  
---Weather condition? ,it was raining, so a nor...

bustermanidogs | 22 December 2016 - 18:09:47

Fined 150000 baht is a disgrace to the victims and a disgrace to Thailand as a country, which has no care of human life. I am leaving Thailand soon as I have really come to detest the Thai way, the Thai people and the Thai government as it now is. I hope and pray that Kama will come to this driver so he knows how it feels.

simon01 | 22 December 2016 - 17:36:47

Thats terrible. 300,000 insurance for death. They say there were several factors involved in the crash. Not really. If the van was being driven correctly and safely then the rain and bend in the road will make no difference. If the driver was not a monkey as most of the KBV drivers are. Just want speed and race each other then fleece money from the customers at the boarders. this company after kil...

yvonne | 22 December 2016 - 17:10:15

Is that ALL the lives of 3 people dead are worth? What about the Medical expenses for those injured? Instead of worrying about shuffling beach umbrellas and deck chairs, the GOVERNMENT, PHUKET POLICE,LICENSING AUTHORITIES should urgently get SERIOUS very SERIOUS about the standard of Driving in Phuket and the whole of Thailand actually and the SAFETY of Tourists. No Good TAT runs around the World ...

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