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Rawai hit-and-run driver found, to face charges

Rawai hit-and-run driver found, to face charges

PHUKET: The driver of the car in the hit-and-run of a woman on a motorbike on Wiset Rd, Rawai, earlier this month has been found by police and will face charges, Chalong Police Chief Col Ekkarat Plaiduang has confirmed.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 21 March 2023, 09:05AM

Image: CCTV via Aroon Solos

Image: CCTV via Aroon Solos

Pichaya Pengprapai, 24, was riding her Honda Click motorbike past the Fisherman Way housing estate on Wiset Rd at 00:02am on Mar 4 when she was sideswiped by a car passing her.

Ms Pichaya was knocked from her motorbike and onto the road in the collision. Luckily, she suffered only minor injuries in the collision and the fall. The car that struck her did not stop.

Two days later, after police had failed to find the driver, Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos publicly posted CCTV footage showing the hit-and-run, and appealed for any information that would help apprehend the driver.

Col Ekkarat has now told The Phuket News that police have found the driver.

“Both sides have already come to an agreement on the amount of damage and loss, which the driver has paid to Ms Pichaya already,” he said.

“However, as it is also a criminal offence, so the driver will face legal action as well,” Col Ekkarat said.

Col Ekkarat declined to name the driver or give any reason why the driver failed to stop.

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Capricornball | 21 March 2023 - 18:11:11

Khun Chalong Police Chief said "the driver would face charges". What he meant, is that he will be charging the hit-and-runner an amount he deems appropriate to help him offset the pay off he had to make to buy that position at the head of the table of the public trough. He will keep everything secret, so the public won't know just how lucrative this kind of case can be.

JohnC | 21 March 2023 - 09:23:07

I have seen several hit and run incidents where drivers have tried to pass motorbikes and swerved back too early knocking the riders off. Each of those occasions the car just kept going eventhough they knew what they had done. I followed one to get his rego number but when I returned to the accident site the rider had got back on her bike and gone. Minor injury only. She was lucky.


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