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Still no charges for taxi driver who wiped out six vehicles, killed motorcyclist

Still no charges for taxi driver who wiped out six vehicles, killed motorcyclist

PHUKET: Ten weeks after a Phuket airport taxi driver wiped out six vehicles and killed a motorbike rider whilst driving a tourist from the airport during morning rush hour traffic on Thepkrasattri Rd, the investigating officer from the Thalang Police has yet to formally press charges for reckless driving.

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By The Phuket News

Tuesday 15 January 2019, 06:18PM


A tourist was in the taxi when the accident happened at 8am, Oct 30 last year, but escaped unharmed, and immediately returned to the airport to leave Phuket. Photo: Seang Prachachon Kon Phuket

A tourist was in the taxi when the accident happened at 8am, Oct 30 last year, but escaped unharmed, and immediately returned to the airport to leave Phuket. Photo: Seang Prachachon Kon Phuket

The taxi driver, 23-year-old Marut Puangsombat, was initially charged by police with reckless driving causing death after the wipe out – which killed 40-year-old Phuket resident Mr Anuson Rattanadilok Na Phuket. (See story here.)

A tourist was in the taxi when the accident happened at 8am, Oct 30, but escaped unharmed, and immediately returned to the airport to leave. (See story here.)

“The investigation is still not complete,” Capt Supon Mueangkai of the Thalang Police told The Phuket News.

Asked what the delay was in concluding the investigation, he said “I have many things to do. Last month, I had an official meeting in another province,”

However, Capt Supon assured, “I will send this case to court before the end of January.”

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“The victim’s family has already spoken with Mr Marut about compensation,” he added.

Meanwhile, no officials will confirm whether or not Marut is still working as a taxi driver picking up tourists from Phuket International Airport.

Praprai Sounkul, Chief Policy Specialist at the Phuket Land Transportation office (PLTO), the government department responsible for issuing general and commercial driver’s licences, repeated to The Phuket News that at this stage his office was still powerless to take any action over the incident.

“In a criminal case like this, the PLTO will revoke the taxi driver’s license, but only after we conduct our own review of the incident – and that will not happen unless the court finds him guilty,” Mr Praprai said.

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Kurt | 18 January 2019 - 11:17:53

Guess it needs a RTP Colonel, or even a General to get this simple case moving/forwarded. It is all about RTP rank competency.

Jor12 | 17 January 2019 - 17:15:57

He has, wrong as usual.

Rorri_2 | 17 January 2019 - 12:34:28

I'm fascinated by this comment "We need Insp K on the case!!" can you at least try and add something sensible, after all, a simple accident, and 10 weeks, yes weeks, not days, and still no charge.

Timothy | 17 January 2019 - 10:00:36

Taxi drivers in Phuket are influential people. 

Fascinated | 16 January 2019 - 12:06:13

We need Insp K on the case!!

Kurt | 16 January 2019 - 11:35:00

There is here different law enforcement.
1: Different for foreigners and thai.
2:  Different for rich, influential thai and 'poor' thai.
3: And a free ride in everything for the Phuket taxi and minibus 'organisations'.
Some investigations very quick, some very sloooow. Obviously in trying to forget them. The excuse..'I was in another province'.. can't be taken serio...

christysweet | 16 January 2019 - 11:14:26

I'd like to know if the insurance for a airport taxi allows a 23 yo driver ? 

Jor12 | 16 January 2019 - 07:18:45

What about the "HiSo's"or influential people as one commentator suggests in another post?

MartinK | 16 January 2019 - 01:36:21

Inhibitors to Thai Justice 101: “I have many things to do. Last month, I had an official meeting in another province,” A dog ate my papers. I overslept. The sun was in my eyes. My father was mean to me. Whats the point, the universe is expanding.

Discover Thainess | 15 January 2019 - 18:53:37

As with every other law in Phuket (parking, speeding etc).... one rule for taxis and one rule for the rest of us. I wonder why that could be? I wonder how big the brown envelope was?

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