A 14-year-old novice monk driving a van full of teenage novice monks killed a cat and injured his pals when he slammed the vehicle into a utility pole in Bang Saray.
Identified only as Eakarin, the underage driver and five others suffered cuts and bruises in the May 13 wreck on Sukhumvit Road near Nern Samakkee. The boys were treated at Wat Yanasangwararam Hospital.
A cat on the center divider wasn’t as lucky. It was killed when the van hit the power pole so hard it was knocked to a 65-degree angle.
Eakarin told police he got permission from a monk at a temple in Huay Yai to drive 10 other young novices to play in a lake at Baan Mae Tee in Sattahip. On the way back, he claimed another car grazed the van, causing him to lose control and hit the pole.
Unlicensed and underage, the boy was charged with reckless driving causing damage to government property.