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Van driver charged with Japanese deaths

BANGKOK: The driver of a minivan that rammed into a truck last week in Ayutthaya, resulting in the deaths of five passengers including four Japanese tourists, has been charged, police said Thursday (Nov 16).

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Bangkok Post

Friday 17 November 2017, 08:52AM

First responders clean up the highway around the wrecked van after the Nov 10 accident. Photo: Supplied
First responders clean up the highway around the wrecked van after the Nov 10 accident. Photo: Supplied

Two charges – reckless driving causing death, and reckless driving causing damage to others’ property – have been lodged against the van driver, Charun Aksonsri, 52.

Police said he had told them he fell asleep before the accident.

He was at the wheel of the van that slammed into the rear of a huge truck at around 4pm on Nov 9. The horrendous crash killed four Japanese tourists and their Thai tour guide. (See story here.)

All five of the victims died instantly in the accident, while the driver was seriously injured and taken to hospital.


He is still in the hospital, but has acknowledged the charges, said local police, adding they expect to forward the case to prosecutors within a month.


Read original story here.



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Kurt | 18 November 2017 - 11:59:50

We miss the reason why this 'public tourist Van driver' did fall asleep while driving tourists.
Was he overworked, under influence of alcohol or drugs?
We can not ask the tour guide anymore.

Will the driver be fined seriously?
Something like up to THB 100,000 as for smoking on a Phuket beach?
Are curious how much 'compensation' 'Thailand' will pay for the 4 Japanese who did die.

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BenPendejo | 17 November 2017 - 21:04:15

I would argue that it is a culture of carelessness rooted in the fact that there are no consequences for breaking the law. It is a veritable free-for-all on the roads, thus the #1 ranking for road fatalities.  An utterly impotent police force is the reason for this absence of respect or concern for the law.  I think the answer to this culture of carelessness is strict enforcement with BIG fines.

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Mika | 17 November 2017 - 17:17:43

Isn't it a bit premature to say"justice won't be served"?The driver admitted to fall asleep,so no lame excuse here like slippery,wet road.Or will justice not be served,because his future punishment is maybe less then you would like to see or less then what he would get in your Country. Disgusted or not TiT,you can't change that.And not sure what police could have done to prevent this accident.

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BenPendejo | 17 November 2017 - 13:28:55

So what...justice won't be served...and no lessons have been learned by Thai officials.  The carnage will continue, while the worthless police force continues to get paid for not doing a goddamn thing to stop this carnage.  Disgusted more each day with this place.

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