Drink driver kills 1, injures another

Friday, 31 August 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 35 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

One man died and another was injured when a drunk driver lost control and crashed into pedestrians on Sukhumvit Road.

Tuu Rhienkhi, 63, suffered extensive fatal injuries and died after being hit at 5.30 a.m. Aug. 18 by a Honda City driven by 27-year-old Thanitpong Theppawat.  Banlue Namjaidee, 54, a monk from Prachum Khongkha Temple out walking his dog, was also hit and suffered a skull fracture and two broken legs. His dog also was seriously injured.

Alleged drunk driver Thanitpong Theppawat (on phone) and his allegedly equally drunk university student girlfriend stand by as police check the wrecked vehicle. Alleged drunk driver Thanitpong Theppawat (on phone) and his allegedly equally drunk university student girlfriend stand by as police check the wrecked vehicle.

He was taken to Banglamung Hospital for treatment and the dog, with a broken hip, to a veterinarian.

Police, who found Thanitpong and his equally drunk university student girlfriend about 50 meters from the bodies, arrested the driver on charges of drunk driving resulting in fatalities.

Investigators said Thantipong confessed to partying in Pattaya and then driving home under the influence. The suspect said the accident occurred after a motorbike cut him off and he lost control.

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