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Mother of German killed by a Thai driver in Phuket begs for justice

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Mother of German killed by a Thai driver begs for justice

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PHUKET: -- On the 3rd of December 2015 at 11.00pm Andreas Walter (47), from Babenhausen, near Frankfurt in Germany, was killed in a car accident in Karon, Phuket. The Lufthansa engineer had been shopping with his wife Patcharin (31).

As they drove past 7-11 Thai driver Jakarin (27) from Nahon Si Thammarat Province drove into the couples Honda Scooter in his Black Honda Civic. According to several eye witnesses the driver of the car tried to flee the scene of the accident and in doing so drove over Mr Walter, who was stuck under the car, three times killing him in the process.

Patcharin was thrown onto the pavement during the accident and sustained head and face injuries as well as substantial bruises. A German forensic expert later stated that Walter would have certainly survived the accident if the driver had just stopped. But he did not.

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The 2nd day of the trial will take place on June 24th. The family of Andreas Walter in Germany have released an open letter to the killer of their son. Mother Helga Walter (77) writes to Jakarin and begs him to confess and tell the whole truth about this dreadful and tragic night in Karon.

She writes that he has caused the death of her beloved boy because he cowardly tried to save himself from any kind of responsibility. She accuses him of murder because her son would still be alive if he had just stopped his car after the accident – and many witnesses approved this version to the police later, too.

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Andreas Walter’s lungs collapsed due to the severe injuries – several ribs perforated his lung and he died on the scene of the accident in pain. His Thai wife stayed in Phuket hospital for two days prior to being released and today can live a normal life.

She continues to run the business the couple ran together, the Café Elephant in Karon, however she wishes to have no more to do with the case and move on with her life.

The deceased man’s mother Helga Walter adds a comment to her open letter, that the Thai driver should relief his own pain by confessing – also regarding his Buddhist religion and the fact that he might have a miserable next life having screws up so much in this one.

An interesting view from a German mother whose son told her a great deal about Thailand and its culture, a country he loved very much. Andreas Walter wanted to stay in Thailand after his retirement and was partner of the Café Elephant in Karon and a devoted husband to his wife Patcharin.

Source: http://www.samuitimes.com/mother-of-german-killed-by-a-thai-driver-begs-for-justice/

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-- Samui Times 2016-06-20

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Sincerest condolences to the family for their tragic loss. I don't know how, but hope that you find peace.

Andreas - R.I.P.

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this does not sound like a road accident.

it needs to be investigated why the driver drove over the victim 3 times.

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My condolences to the family of the young man. No justification for folks to run from the scene of an accident.

Sadly the use of motorbikes by many is really the major catastrophe to be found in Thailand. Why tourists continue to take their lives in their hands riding there is beyond me. Motorbikes are "death machines."

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It really is high time that those fleeing the scene of an accident, whether serious or trivial, automatically received a custodial sentence---------once caught, or located at some faraway Wat!

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Justice is a distant bell, rarely heard in Thailand!

lets see what does happen after the trail, as for the wife, maybe someone got to her, (money) the German mother will never get that coward to confess as it is the thai custom and has been for the forty five years that I have known thai's to run away from any accident! it is in their genes! same as ganging up on a thai or falang. I have never seen a one on one fight between a thai and a falang! NEVER!

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RIP to the young man, you can only imagine what his family are going through, you know he is having a nice time with his wife, then you are told that he has been killed in such a tragic way, very sad.

"Mother Helga Walter writes to Jakarin and begs him to confess and tell the whole truth about this dreadful and tragic night in Karon"

I have lived in Thailand for many years and I can say with certainty that I have never witnessed a Thai admit to or confess to any wrong doing, even something as trivial stealing a banana at the market.

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Epitome of pathetic that person has to beg justice system for justice

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I can guarantee nothing is going to happen! Next......

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My condolences to the family of the young man. No justification for folks to run from the scene of an accident.

Sadly the use of motorbikes by many is really the major catastrophe to be found in Thailand. Why tourists continue to take their lives in their hands riding there is beyond me. Motorbikes are "death machines."

The use of any vehicle here is dangerous, just look at recent news.

He was not a tourist, he lived here and was a partner in a business here.

Motorbikes are not death machines, what an uneducated and stupid statement to make.

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As there are no role models, and corruption is a way of life. Nothing is ever going to change. No ethics or morals.

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