Prosecutors in Thailand have seemingly taken an about face as they have officially indicted Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya on wreckless driving, drug charges, and causing death. The move comes after public backlash when dropping the case altogether 2 months ago. The indictment comes 8 years after the incident which Boss allegedly caused an accident in which he reportedly “hit and ran” after the crash.
Since then, Thailand’s judiciary system has come under scrutinisation with some calling the establishment corrupt and accusing them of allowing those with high status in the Kingdom to get away with just about anything. As the case was reopened, investigators found that Boss had allegedly taken cocaine before the accident, but it was originally explained away as being taken by him as tooth medication. Now, officials say they have fresh evidence that could corroborate the claims that Boss was indeed under the influence and fled the scene of the deadly accident.
The evidence also includes a public transport expert estimating that Boss was driving at a speed of between 160-190 kph when the crash happened as well as a Chulalonghorn physics lecturer estimating his speed at 110-145 kph. This new bout of evidence will reportedly be used in the revived case after being absent the first time.
Despite many claiming the original case was dismissed due to favoritism of the elite, OAG spokesman says that is not the case as the prosecutor made the decision based on the evidence he had at the time. The new indictment is reportedly due to new evidence, mainly the evidence of his excessive speeding.
Boss, a 35 year old Thai man, is the son of the co-owner of Red Bull energy drink in which his family is ranked the second richest family in Thailand. He allegedly drove a Ferrari at the time of the accident in which prosecutors say he crashed into the back of a police motorcycle in Sukhumvit, Bangkok, killing the driver Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert a 47 year old Thai man.
After delaying hearing charges against him 7 times, Boss reportedly fled 2 days before he was due to face the charges. Authorities say they will issue an Interpol alert as his whereabouts are unknown at this time.
Such charges of reckless driving causing death, carry a 15 year sentence in the Thai judicial system.
Source: Chiang Rai Times