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The 17-year-old girl involved in the fatal tollway accident 10 days ago is still free but she faces up to seven years in jail and millions of baht in compensation charges.
The 17-year-old girl involved in the fatal tollway accident 10 days, left, escorted by her mother, reports to police yesterday to acknowledge charges of reckless driving. APICHIT JINAKUL
Tollway accident driver hears charges
After long hours of police questioning yesterday, it is not surprising that the 17-year-old girl involved in the fatal tollway accident 10 days ago had little to say to the waiting media.
"I am sorry. It was an accident," was all she would say.
The young girl reported to police to acknowledge charges of reckless driving and driving without a licence.
Nine people were killed when the car she was driving was involved in a collision with a passenger van on the Don Muang expressway.
She was released after being questioned by police and officials at a juvenile detention centre.
She was accompanied yesterday by her parents and a lawyer.
Social workers and mental health experts were present during the questioning as required by the child protection law.
Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy chief Amnuay Nimmano said the teenager gave police her full cooperation during questioning.
He refused to say if she admitted or denied the charges.
Families of some of the crash victims observed the proceedings as the charges were read out.
Although the girl is not yet an adult, she still could face up to seven years in jail. There is also a strong possibility that some victims may launch a civil suit against her and her parents asking for huge sums of money.
Pol Maj Gen Amnuay said the girl's parents were willing to negotiate with the victims and their families over compensation.
Laddawan Thephasadin Na Ayudhya, the girl's mother, denied a report her daughter had an international driving licence. She also insisted her daughter would not flee abroad to escape legal action.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.
fatal – causing someone to die ถึงตาย
tollway – a long wide road that you have to pay to drive on โทลล์เวย์, ทางด่วน
escort – to go with someone คุ้ม
acknowledge – to let someone know you have received something or the you understand what it is รับทราบ
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
reckless – not thinking about the possible bad effects of your actions สะเพร่า
media – radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
licence – an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something ใบอนุญาต
collision – an accident in which a vehicle or person that is moving crashes into something การชนประสานงา
release – to allow someone to go free ปล่อยตัว
juvenile – a young person who is not yet an adult เยาวชน
detention – the condition of being forced officially to stay in a place การกักตัว
detention centre – a place where young people who have committed offences are kept in detention สถานกักกันเยาวชน
accompany – to go with someone ไปกับ,ไปด้วยกัน,ไปเป็นเพื่อน
lawyer – an attorney ทนาย
mental health – the state of health of the mind สุขภาพจิต
metropolitan police – the police in responsible for a city ตำรวจนครบาล
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
cooperation – willingness to be helpful and do as you are asked การให้ความร่วมมือ
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it ยอมรับ
deny – to say that you did not do something that someone has accused you of doing ปฏิเสธ
observe – to watch or study someone or something with care สังเกตการณ์
proceedings – the actions taken, usually in court, to settle a legal matter การดำเนินการ
adult – a fully grown person who is legally responsible for their actions ผู้ใหญ่
victim – someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as an illness or an accident เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
launch – to start something เริ่มต้น เริ่มทำ
civil (law)suit – a case filed with a court that deals with non-criminal matters, especially complaints made by people against other people or organisations คดีที่ยื่นฟ้องต่อศาลแพ่ง
sum – an amount of something, especially money จำนวนเงิน
negotiate – to try to reach an agreement by discussing something in a formal way เจรจาต่อรอง
compensation – money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them เงินชดเชย
insist – to keep saying very firmly that something is true ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
flee – to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger หนี อพยพ
abroad – in or to a foreign country ในต่างประเทศ
legal – relating to the law or lawyers เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย