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Malaysian tourist faces charge after five Thai workers killed in road accident

By The Nation

 

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A Malaysian woman was charged with reckless driving after her car allegedly ploughed into six highway workers, killing five and injuring the other in Songkhla on Tuesday, police said.

 

Police charged Malinda Susilalinee Asalan (not official spelling), 30, with reckless driving causing death and injuries following the accident at 3pm on the Asia Highway in front of the Asia Rescue Unit in Moo 3 village in Tambon Khuha Tai in Songkhla’s Rattaphum district.

 

The car allegedly driven by Malinda lost control and ploughed into six workers of the Kamphaeng Phet Highway District office, who were cutting weeds on the roadside. Five workers died at the scene, with another severely injured.

 

Police said Asalan was driving with two woman friends, also Malaysians, from Phuket to return to Malaysia when the accident occurred.

 

Police said the driver was being detained at the Rattaphum police station. If her relatives do not turn up to seek her release on bail, police will seek an order from the Songkhla provincial court to extend her detention pending formal charges in court at a later date.

 

Police said the Malaysian embassy in Thailand and the Malaysian Consulate in Songkhla have been informed of the accident and were trying to help the tourist under Thai laws.

 

The embassy and the consulate will coordinate with the tourist and her family regarding payment of compensation to the families of the victims, and the embassy will later issue a statement on the case.

 

Families of the five slain victims are holding funeral rites at temples in Songkhla’s Kuan Niang and Rattaphum districts.

 

Rattaphum district chief Pimthada Chansuriya said she and representatives of government agencies concerned will visit the families of the victims and coordinate with the agencies concerned to pay compensation to the families.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30374738

 

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I wonder (once bailed out) if she ever returns to Thailand to face the courts.

Slim chance.

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What was the road condition, was there any holes, I'm curious why she lost control of the car? There was no raining otherwise workers I've seen take a break. 

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19 hours ago, webfact said:

If her relatives do not turn up to seek her release on bail,

Sorry, but until a full investigation is done I would NEVER release anyone that had killed 5 people that I was thinking about charging ! She's never been seen again in Thailand if they release her

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Removed a troll post (off topic) and the reply to it.

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If Thai laws are applied equally across the board, she should have no problem coming up with the cash~RIP to those that passed

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A pitty there is NO protection of workers doing work along the roadside! Sure the lady is guilty but blame the government let happen this way of work daily everywhere.

At the end life do not count anything in this country!

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Thais: Break failure, 15K baht compensation and done.
Foreigners: Charge with reckless driving, multiple year sentence + X M baht compensation.

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