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Phuket Police formally charge British boyfriend for death of Sophie Anderson 

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British national Danny Glass (left, in green shirt) obscures his face at Thalang Police Station today (May 27). Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot
 

PHUKET: British national Danny Glass from Kent, England, presented himself at Thalang Police Station, in central Phuket, today (May 27) to be formally charged with reckless driving causing death.

 

Mr Glass arrived at Thalang Police Station shortly after 2pm. The charges are for the fatal road accident that resulted in the death of his long-term partner Sophie Emma Rose Anderson also from England.

 

During formal proceedings today, Mr Glass obscured his face and declined to speak with reporters.

 

Ms Anderson, who was six months pregnant, was riding pillion on a motorbike when she spilled onto Thepkrasattri Rd in Thalang and was crushed by an 18-wheeled truck on May 8, leaving her 5-year-old son Shaye without his mother.

 

The driver of the truck  Nattawoot Kimchue, 30, from Phang Nga Province  initially fled the scene but later surrendered himself to police. He was also charged with reckless driving by Thalang police today.

 

After the accident Danny posted a video on YouTube as part of his initial steps in overcoming his devastating grief. In clarifying how the accident happened, Mr Glass explained, “I went to brake because a car all of a sudden braked in front of me. The bike slid, like wobbled. I tried to stabilise it, but I wasn’t been able to. It’s two people on a scooter, it’s a very difficult thing to do – and the bike slid to the right side.”


Full story: http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-police-formally-charge-british-boyfriend-for-death-of-sophie-anderson-62336.php#D28mybZfwwGYpDhX.97

 

 

 
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We've been through this before with the Aussie and the Jet Ski. One hopes this guy too will get a suspended sentence and a small fine and be on his way.

I don't view the nature of his driving as reckless per se. He was simply inexperienced so reacted badly to an incident, though some might say riding a bike in Thailand is reckless itself. Whatever, it is a tragedy already, sending the guy to jail would just compound that.

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Utterly ridiculous and unnecessary. The same standards are not applied across the board (Red bull a-hole, Praewa, Anna Reese,drunken ChMai cyclist killer, and the pickup driver fined1000 baht for mowing down 2 cyclists while leaning down to get his hat off the floor).

All I see here is a pathetic flexing of muscles and abuse of power.

I wonder what investigation was undertaken to reach a conclusion of reckless driving. I suspect minimal at best.

 

An utter disgrace imo (the singling out of certain people i mean)

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Cars cutting in front of motorcycles I see all the time cause motorcycles to slide...

Sadly this time the luck was not with the motorcycle drivers....

This was just a sad tragic accident, that only hit the news because farrangs was involved and the woman was pregnant...

60 % of fatal accidents are with motorcycles and prob. 99% of the people that die is Thais but nobody want to read about them....

RIP

 

 

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3 hours ago, darksidedog said:

We've been through this before with the Aussie and the Jet Ski. One hopes this guy too will get a suspended sentence and a small fine and be on his way.

I don't view the nature of his driving as reckless per se. He was simply inexperienced so reacted badly to an incident, though some might say riding a bike in Thailand is reckless itself. Whatever, it is a tragedy already, sending the guy to jail would just compound that.

I agree with you.....except going into a wobble as a result of having to brake suddenly in an emergency .....to me would not necessarily denote innexperience........I see professionals going into wobbles constantly in races.....although they are travelling at high speed.

  I myself have been reducing my speed of late (from about 50 klm to 40) it seems to me that the driving standards are getting worse in Thailand if anything........not better.

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1 hour ago, LivinginKata said:

Clearluky he needed to be charged with the death. But he is no so cocky now. Before on Facebook.  No w hiding his face. Says it all ....

That is unfair. The facts of the case were not even established properly. It was  not intentional on his part. A critical part of a criminal case is to show intent to do harm and it just  wasn't there. The deceased was the mother of his child. Yes, he may have made an error, but this isn't about punishing him, but of saving face. The Thai who was responsible is charged too, but the charges against Mr. Glass allow the locals to save face and for  Phuket to avoid taking responsibility for its unsafe road conditions and the fact that the drivers are incompetent and dangerous.

Any chance that your view is biased because of  this man's former dreadlocks, tacky tattoos and flaky lifestyle? I make no bones about not  having any use for people like Mr. Glass, but I don't advocate for their being harassed and  persecuted like this. The man is suffering. The two families are suffering. The woman died a painful horrid in his presence. He has to live with that. 

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I don't see anything unusual in formally charging both drivers.

What would happen in your country in such a case?

The video evidence that I have seen clearly ridicule his statements:

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I went to brake because a car all of a sudden braked in front of me.

No sudden/hard break in front of him. Slow traffic on the left lane, that's all. He simply "woke up late".

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1 hour ago, LivinginKata said:

Clearluky he needed to be charged with the death. But he is no so cocky now. Before on Facebook.  No w hiding his face. Says it all ....

The guy was staying in Thailand as an illegal worker, he shouldn`t had been here anyway. If he felt non proficient on riding a motor bike, as said in his own statement; "It’s two people on a scooter, it’s a very difficult thing to do" then he was negligent in taking his girlfriend as a passenger and placing her life at risk.

 

And as you say; why is he hiding his face in shame if this guy believes he shares no blame in this whatsoever, that does say it all. Very unfortunate for the pregnant girlfriend who placed her trust in a complete incompetent that has shattered so many lives. Shame it wasn`t the other way around and she survived the crash instead of him.

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4 hours ago, z42 said:

The same standards are not applied across the board (Red bull a-hole, Praewa, Anna Reese,drunken ChMai cyclist killer, and the pickup driver fined1000 baht for mowing down 2 cyclists while leaning down to get his hat off the floor).

The procedure applies to the infamous "Thai judicial double pricing System for farrangs" 

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An accident is an accident and it might very well be that he couldn't do better in the situation - but who the heck in his right mind lets his 6 months pregnant gf ride pillion on a motorbike in Thailand?? (and especially Phuket)

 

His lack of judgement is the root cause to this total tragedy. He will have to live with this for the rest of his life - much worse than any punishment a Thai court can come up with.

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5 hours ago, rooster59 said:

 

The driver of the truck  Nattawoot Kimchue, 30, from Phang Nga Province  initially fled the scene but later surrendered himself to police. He was also charged with reckless driving by Thalang police today.

Yes and now we have a tale of two trials. Will they be similar? Highly doubt it. 

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