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Although it is not yet clear exactly what happened on the Don Muang tollway Monday night, tens of thousands of angry people in the local online community have things figured out. 

A girl identified as Orachorn Thephasadin Na Ayudhya, 16, uses her mobile phone after a car she was driving was involved in a fatal crash with a passenger van on Monday night.


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Online outrage

Although it is not yet clear exactly what happened on the Don Muang tollway Monday night, tens of thousands of angry people in the local online community have things figured out.

They are saying that 16-year-old Orachorn "Prae-wa" Thephasadin Na Ayudhya recklessly smashed a Honda Civic into the rear of a passenger van near the Bang Khen exit, causing it to hit the tollway barrier. Eight passengers, including the van driver, were killed when they thrown from the vehicle and on to the road below.

According to netizens, young Orachorn, who is too young to have a driver license, then calmly leaned against the tollway barrier, chatting with her friends over the Blackberry Messenger network (BBM).

Their evidence is the photo above, grainy footage from a camera on the tollway and dozens of rumours which started circulating after the driver was identified. One rumour, taken as fact by many, was that Orachon had fled the country.

A Facebook page, "More than one million Thais are Not Happy With Prae-wa” was quickly created where netizens voiced their opinions of the accident. It attracted more than 150,000 users who "like" the page within 18 hours of its creation.

An “I hate Prae-wa” twitter page is still very active this morning. Many say they are sure that Orachon will escape punishment because she comes from a wealthy and influential family.

One reason the rumours spread so quickly is that there has been very little hard information from the police and none from the driver herself who is said to be suffering from severe stress from the accident and death threats she has received.

Actor Nat Thephasadin Na Ayudhya, Ms Orachorn's step-brother, did talk to the media yesterday, however. He said his sister and family were under great pressure as a result of the barrage of criticism.

Nat insisted his sister was not chatting with friends on her Blackberry phone as widely believed.

"I talked to her about the photo which is circulating on the internet," he said.

"She was calling her father. She wasn't chatting on BBM."

His family would call a news conference about the affair but he did not specify when.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

identified – named  ระบุชื่อ
fatal – causing someone to die ถึงตาย
online – controlled by or connected to a computer or to the Internet  ออนไลน์, การเชื่อมต่อผ่านระบบเครือข่ายทางคอมพิวเตอร์
outrage – extremely anger  โกรธแค้น
exactly – precisely อย่างถูกต้อง,อย่างแม่นยำ,อย่างแน่นอน,อย่างละเอียด
tollway – a long wide road that you have to pay to drive on โทลล์เวย์, ทางด่วน
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
community – a group of people who share the same  job, interests, religion, etc สังคม
figure out –  to be able to understand something or to solve a problem คิดออก
reckless – not thinking about the possible bad effects of your actions สะเพร่า
smash – to break something noisily into by hitting it with a lot of force ทำให้แตกเป็นเสี่ยงๆ, ทำให้แตกเป็นชิ้นๆ
rear – back ด้านหลัง
barrier – an object like a fence or wall that prevents people from moving forward from one place to another สิ่งขัดขวาง, กำแพง
netizen – a person who uses the Internet a lot พลเมืองเครือข่ายคอมพิวเตอร์
calm – without anxiety ใจเย็น,ไม่ตื่นเต้น, สงบ
lean – to move your body so it is closer to or further from someone or something, for example by bending at the waist  พิง, พาด
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
grainy – (of photographs or film) not clear and looking as if they are made up of small spots ที่เป็นเม็ดๆหยาบๆ
footage – film of a particular subject or event ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์
rumour – a piece of information, or a story, that people talk about, but that may not be true ข่าวลือ
circulate – to pass from one person to another  ยังคงมีการแพร่ระบาดอยู่
fled (past of flee) – escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there หนีไป
create – to make something new สร้าง, แต่งขึ้น
voice – to express your feelings or opinions ออกความคิด
attract – to cause someone to be interested in something ดึงดูดความสนใจ
wealthy – having a large amount of money, land, and other valuable things   ที่มั่งคั่ง ร่ำรวย
influential – of a person who has the power to affect a situation มีอิทธิพล
spread – to (cause to) cover, reach or have an effect on a wider or increasing area or number of people กระจายไปทั่ว
hard – definitely true and based on information that can be proved เป็นจริง  
severe – very serious and worrying ที่รุนแรง ที่น่าเป็นห่วง
stress – great worry caused by a difficult situation, or something which causes this condition ความตึงเครียด, ความเครียด
threat – an occasion when someone says that they will cause you harm or problems, especially if you do not do what they want you to do การคุกคาม,การขู่เข็ญ
stepbrother – the son from an earlier marriage of your stepmother (แม่เลี้ยง) or stepfather (พ่อเลี้ยง)  ลูกชายของพ่อเลี้ยงหรือแม่เลี้ยงกับคู่สมรสคนก่อน
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
pressure – a worried feeling that you get when you have to deal with a difficult or complicated situation ความกดดัน
barrage – a large number or amount of something, especially something bad like criticism – การระดมโจมตี
criticism – comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad การวิจารณ์
insist – to keep saying very firmly that something is true, even when other people will not believe you ยืนกราน
news conference – press conference; an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it การแถลงข่าว
affair – an event เรื่องราว
specify – to explain something in an exact and detailed way ระบุ  ชี้แจงรายละเอียด

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