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Still no charges over deadly collision in Chalong that killed two tourists

Still no charges over deadly collision in Chalong that killed two tourists

PHUKET: Police still have yet to press any charges for the deadly collision on Chao Fa West Rd, Chalong, in November that killed two tourists when the motorbike they were riding on slammed into a car making a U-turn at night.

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By The Phuket News

Sunday 13 January 2019, 01:56PM


Police still have yet to press any charges for the deadly collision on Chao Fa West Rd, Chalong, in November that killed two tourists when the motorbike they were riding on slammed into a car making a U-turn at night. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Police still have yet to press any charges for the deadly collision on Chao Fa West Rd, Chalong, in November that killed two tourists when the motorbike they were riding on slammed into a car making a U-turn at night. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

“The investigation is still ongoing,” Lt Col Thada Sodarak of the Chalong Police, the investigating officer for the accident, told The Phuket News.

The driver of the car, Sudapon Nontawat, made the deadly U-turn near the entrance to Land & Houses Park Phuket on Chao Fa West Rd at 11:30pm on Nov 29.

The tourist riding the motorbike, 26-year-old Amine Halimi from Algeria, was unable to avoid the collision. Mr Halimi and his passenger, Turkish-Dutch dual national Zehre Yalcinkaya, both died in the impact. (See story here.)

The Phuket-registered Toyota Camry that Sudapon was driving was still bearing red ‘dealership’ licence plates at the time of the accident. Under Thai law it is illegal drive a vehicle with such licence plates after dark or out of the province.

Photos from the scene of the accident also show that Sudapon was making an illegal U-turn across a double-yellow centre line when the accident happened.

Sudapon later confessed to “driving carelessly”, Col Thada confirmed. (See story here.)

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However, Col Thada has now confirmed that no application has been submitted to the Phuket Prosecutor’s Office to formally press charges for the accident.

“I am still waiting for relatives of the foreign victims to send a lawyer to clear everything about compensation for the deaths. I have informed to their embassies but I have not yet received a reply.

“When that is done I can complete my part in this case,” he said.

Col Thada added that blood-alcohol tests on both Sudapon and the foreign victims have now been returned to the Chalong Police.

“Blood tests conducted by the Office of Forensic Science in Surat Thani show that Mr Amine and Ms Zehre both had blood alcohol concentrations above the limit, but that the blood alcohol concentration for Ms Sudapon was not,” he said.

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Rorri_2 | 17 January 2019 - 12:30:32

"What this article is about is a motor accident. Get with the program. Even Australia as are many other countries are utilising alternative means of dispute resolution" not with motor accidents, and that is what this story is all about, mate, whatever you are on it is far too strong.

christysweet | 16 January 2019 - 11:09:38

When deaths occur, criminal charges are mandatory esp. when a driver admits fault.

Jor12 | 16 January 2019 - 07:14:24

What this article is about is a motor accident. Get with the program. Even Australia as are many other countries are utilising alternative means of dispute resolution similar to this approach and getting away from the Court system 

Timothy | 15 January 2019 - 16:11:59

One of the biggest problems in Thailand is the fact that influential people can do anything they want. Laws do not apply to them. The rich are untouchable. Poor people go to jail. I assume you have been using this system to your advantage and want it to continue...

Kurt | 15 January 2019 - 14:36:54

Social control? In thailand?  Give me a break.

Jor12 | 15 January 2019 - 09:15:32

Yep...totally agree with F.  Clearly it's an anathema to those coming from Police states.  It's a far more equitatble means of settling disputes rather than using the full force of the "law."  Social control is exihibited in  many other forms in different societies.

Timothy | 15 January 2019 - 09:10:09

W, once again you fail to comment on the article. So you agree with this "system" of police "negotiations"
before charges? And if others disagree, we are Thai haters? Sanctimonious bull crap. So desperate to ingreatiate yourselves to keep YOUR business interests here, you are afraid to question any aspect of Thainess. Now the old classic, "go back to where you came from&q...

DeKaaskopp | 14 January 2019 - 22:08:50

"Explain to all of us..." It would be useless to explain anything to the neoc's. They are known for either not listening at all or for their lack of understanding.
BTW,i totally agree with W's comment.

Winfield | 14 January 2019 - 15:51:15

Westerner's who decide to live in Thailand, but then constantly post comments here spewing their hatred and bashing everything about Thailand and the Thai people, are NOT 'normal people'. They are sad miserable individuals who should go back where they came from. 

Kurt | 14 January 2019 - 12:39:15

We not talk 'thai common practice'. We talk about the thai law, not about a for police officer convenient  money settlement mediation.. That is called corruption.The law is the law, as some reactors on comments say. Right? .'Accepted practice" ?  I don't think so. More like a for on expenses of foreigners set illegal practice. That is not nonsense.

peter rawai | 14 January 2019 - 12:28:38

DUI  for the motorcycle riders, case closed in Australia

Fascinated | 14 January 2019 - 10:16:43

[named removed] spouts his usual nonsense. It is a common occurrence in Thailand for the money side of an incident to be settled first. Quite common for charges to be dropped when this occurs. With his vast wealth of 'knowledge' I'm surprised he forgot this.

To a westerner this may not seem right but it is accepted practice here.

Timothy | 14 January 2019 - 09:28:10

Where are all the Thai apologist commenters now? Please, defenders of Thainess. Explain to all of us normal people so we can understand this unique system of dealing with cases like this. 

CaptainJack69 | 13 January 2019 - 21:39:36

Good old Thailand. Why let a silly little thing like the law cause trouble for good old Thai people. The culture of lawlessness among the people here is frankly shocking. Why are victims and their families required to fight for the law to be applied?

Kurt | 13 January 2019 - 18:51:37

This police officer is mixing up matters, perhaps due to lack of knowledge, or just to let the accident fade away.The accident is a criminal case. The 'compensation' is a civilian court case. Waiting to proceed with the criminal case until the civilian case is settled? Wrong, first the criminal case, after that the civilian case ( compensation) with outcome criminal case in the hand.

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