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Husband and wife's life in ruins because of family of boy, 15, who reversed into them

 

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A stricken husband and wife have gone online to talk about their lives that have been ruined following a road accident.

 

And they have slammed the family who allowed a 15 year old to be at the wheel.

 

Wanchai Phakaew, 44, and his wife Araya, 39,were crossing the road from a market in Khao Khor, Petchabun, when they were reversed into on a hill and dragged many meters down the road.

 

The pick-up was being driven by a 15 year old boy. The boy's parents are from Chiang Rai and rent fields in the area to grow strawberries.

 

Wanchai suffered a broken back. He has had to have surgery and only recently returned home where he is only now just able to sit up. His wife suffered a broken arm and other injuries.

 

They were farmers but are now unable to earn a living and have to employ outside help to tend their land.

 

The cost of treatment was 100,000 baht. Only 70,000 was covered in the insurance of the boy's family.

 

Wanchai has had to pay the rest out of his own pocket.

 

Police have asked him to come in to discuss the matter but he is unable to walk yet.

 

Wanchai slammed the family for allowing a 15 year old to be at the wheel. He said had it been an adult they would have known they had hit something and made the decision to put on the brakes.

 

"A 15 year old should not be driving," he told Tnews after a video of their plight was shared on the page of "Phanrekuay" on Facebook.

 

The horrendous accident - that was caught on tape - was on August 17 and caused much comment in the media.

 

Tnews named the boy but Thaivisa are withholding his name.

 

Source: TNews

 
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I think the victims were lucky the insurers paid anything, though I'm not sure lucky is the right word, the boy was not old enough to drive, so no licence and, thus I would have thought uninsured.

I'm afraid it's indicative of the total disregard to law and order, common decency and an absence of wanting to do the right thing by some people in this country.

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"Only 70,000 was covered in the insurance of the boy's family."

 

Always amazes me how low the cover is on some of these insurance policies but then I think again and realise life seems to be valued very cheaply here. 

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I note the laziness of the cops who expect a man who cant walk to come to them to make a statement. Through no fault of their own they are out of work and out of pocket. I am sure the boys family will become more generous when they are facing criminal charges, if the cops can ever be bothered to file them of course.

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3 minutes ago, theoldgit said:

I think the victims were lucky the insurers paid anything, though I'm not sure lucky is the right word, the boy was not old enough to drive, so no licence and, thus I would have thought uninsured.

I'm afraid it's indicative of the total disregard to law and order, common decency and an absence of wanting to do the right thing by some people in this country.

Multiply this easily preventable accident by 30 or so and you have the daily victim toll in Thailand. I am just referring to serious life-changing injuries here. That is tens of thousands of people with disabilities and pain for the rest of their lives.

 

This has been the situation for decades. It is an utter failure of the authorities, in particular the police. The improvement in accident rates from other South East Asian countries shows something can be done about it if an effort is made.

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5 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

I note the laziness of the cops who expect a man who cant walk to come to them to make a statement. Through no fault of their own they are out of work and out of pocket. I am sure the boys family will become more generous when they are facing criminal charges, if the cops can ever be bothered to file them of course.

darksidedog, surely you know that the police will only do something if there is money to be made.

These poor people are not in a position to give the police any money so sfa will be done.

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53 minutes ago, edwinchester said:

"Only 70,000 was covered in the insurance of the boy's family."

 

Always amazes me how low the cover is on some of these insurance policies but then I think again and realise life seems to be valued very cheaply here. 

I thought the Compulsory insurance only pays out up to Bt.50,000 for injury so they did well the get Bt.70,000.

 

Any non compulsory insurance (1 st clas/2nd class etc etc) if they had it would not have covered due to the unlicensed driver.

 

 

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Wanchai has had to pay the rest out of his own pocket.

surely there is some civil remedy here, that some lawyer would take up pro bono; likely would include actual expenses plus a high reward for loss of ability to work

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here in Thailand the parents like to brag about their under age kids riding/driving on the roads, until such time as the road rules are enforced and the parents of these under age kids are held responsible and face charges as well as paying restitution nothing will change.  Hopefully they will be able to have the parents of the driver charged and made to pay for all the damages and future lost wages of the ones injured but it will require the police to actually do their jobs, something that rarely happens here

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