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Driver in expressway crash that killed 3 persons was intoxicated


A YOUNG man who slammed his new Mercedes Benz sedan into another sedan on the expressway killing three people at around 1 a.m. this morning (Dec. 18) had higher than the legal limit of blood alcohol content, Siam Rath newspaper said.

The accident occurred at Si Rat expressway heading for the motorway on the Huamark sub-district stretch, with Pol Lt. Col. Prasit Wiratayaporn, deputy superintendent of Expressway Police Station 2, rushing there to inspect.

At the scene was a blue Honda sedan parked on the left lane with the rear end having collapsed with the impact of the collision. Found dead within the vehicle were Ms Atchara (surname withheld), 30, at the back seat, Mr. Somsak (surname withheld), 44, in the front passenger seat, and a female driver who did not have identification papers on her.

Eyewitnesses said prior to the accident the Mercedes Benz sedan had entered Si Rat expressway from Chalong Rat at high speed. The Honda sedan was moving along the left lane and the Mercedes sedan suddenly rear-ended it causing it to spin and leading to the fatalities.

Expressway police interrogate Mr. Jintawat, or Boat, (surname withheld) 33, a cosmetics importer and presenter who was driving the Mercedes sedan and he told them he was returning to his home in the Srinakarin area when the accident occurred.

Jintawat admitted that he had been drinking alcohol with this being confirmed by a blood alcohol test yielding above the legal limit result.

No other details were available because he had been injured by the airbag in his car exploding and was taken for medical treatment before being briefly questioned by the police this morning. He has been charged with driving while intoxicated leading to death with bail not being objected to.

It has not been ascertained where the trio in the Honda sedan were heading but one report said they were going to Chonburi province.

Expressway police will send all the evidence they collected including traces of the collision, CCTV clips and vehicle speed to relevant agencies for inspection. Autopsy results of the three victims will also be added to the summary of the case to be sent to the prosecutors.

Meanwhile Atchara’s mother Ms. Suda Thaicharoen, 55, came from Suphan Buri province to meet Expressway police.

She told them her daughter had only bought this car a year ago. As they did not live together she did not know the details of where she was travelling or how many people were in the vehicle. 

She added that she had warned her daughter to drive carefully because she had three children aged from three to five years.


Top: The Mercedes Benz sedan with the front dented after crashing into the Honda sedan. Thai headline says, “Hit by Benz, three dead.” Photo: Sanook.com

Home Page: Ms. Suda Thaicharoen, Atchara’s mother, came from Suphan Buri to talk to the police. Photo: Sanook.com


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