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Phuket hit-and-run driver surrenders to police

Phuket hit-and-run driver surrenders to police

PHUKET: The driver who fled the scene after killing a Buddhist monk in Chalong on Saturday (July 4) has surrendered herself to police.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 5 July 2020, 01:40PM

Ms Yanaphat claimed that she believed she hit a power poll, not a person. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Ms Yanaphat claimed that she believed she hit a power poll, not a person. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Lt Jaruwit Khuncharoen of the Chalong Police revealed that the driver – Ms Yanaphat Sakulboonphanit, 35 – presented herself at the police station at 4:10pm. Ms Yanaphat also brought her Phuket registered Honda Mobilio car with visible damage sustained in the collision.

Ms Yanaphat admitted that she was the person involved in the accident, but said that at that moment she believed she hit a power pole, not a person, and thus did not stop straightaway.

The woman said she presented herself to police right after learning she killed someone.

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Lt Jaruwit confirmed that Ms Yanaphat has been charged with reckless driving causing death or injury and fleeing the crime scene.

“We are still waiting for her alcohol test. If she tests positive, she will also be charged with drunk driving,” Lt Jaruwit added.

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malczx7r | 06 July 2020 - 21:44:50

Thought she'd hit a power pole, what a load of baloney, there's a big difference between a concrete pole and a person, she was obviously drunk and wanted to rid her body of the evidence prior to going in!!

Kurt | 06 July 2020 - 09:59:00

This lady didn't die of her lie.  The car shows very clear that the damage is not from hitting a power pole. And, ..after hitting a power pole with speed you can't drive any further/away.

Chas | 05 July 2020 - 23:15:37

Very sad.

maverick | 05 July 2020 - 17:51:40

Is it really relevant she took a life and consequences for her , her family and that of the monk will be changed forwever - tragic for all concerned 

Rene | 05 July 2020 - 16:59:26

@LALALA .. of course a test. per hour the promille reduce appr. 0,1 promille. so in 12 hours is that 1,2 promille. If her test is for example after 12 hours 0,5 promille, then add this 1,2 promille. At the time the accident occurs she had then 1,7 promille. (just an example) 

Nasa12 | 05 July 2020 - 16:31:29

Well well hit a power pole, but absolutely nothing happens at this Chalong police station this time either as usual.  boils well into the cabbage like the 2 major accidents up on Chonfa road west a while ago, where the 2 farang were killed by a TH woman.

LALALA | 05 July 2020 - 14:24:33

RTP...LOL..conducting an alcohol test around 12 hours after the accident and intend to use the result as evidence if the driver was drunk or not at the time of the accident.


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