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Police have identified the owner of a white Porsche which slammed into a Lao teenager, killing her instantly. He was not the driver, however. 

Urai Inthilat, 35, points to the shattered windscreen of the Porsche which killed her teenage daughter. PONGPAT WONGYALA


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Owner of Porsche involved in fatal accident identified

PATHUM THANI : Police have identified the owner of a white Porsche which slammed into a Lao teenager at such a high speed it cut her body in half and left her torso in the driver's seat.

The distraught mother of Kambai Inthilat, 17, travelled from Laos to try and retrieve her daughter's remains yesterday.

The Porsche Cayman owner, Suppachai Thaksinthaweesap, 58, has contacted Pathum Thani police to ask for postponement of the date that he can bring the driver in, said Pol Lt Col Bancha Meelert who is in charge of the case.

Mr Suppachai told police the driver would surrender to police after he returns from a trip to pay homage to his ancestors during the Cheng Meng festival.

Police said they did not know the relationship between Mr Suppachai and the driver of the Porsche.

The teenager was hit by the Porsche, which has red number plates, while crossing the Pathum Thani-Bang Bua Thong Road on Friday afternoon.

The force of the crash sent the girl's body through the windscreen, with her torso coming to rest on the driver's side. Police said the driver fled 10km from the crash scene before abandoning the car outside a restaurant with the torso still inside.

Witnesses said the driver was a male wearing glasses and a white shirt.

Pol Lt Col Bancha said Pathum Thani police would seek an arrest warrant for the driver if he failed to report to investigators.

The girl's mother, Urai Inthilat, 35, yesterday sought police permission to collect her daughter's body which is being kept at Thammasat Chaloem Phrakiat Hospital.

But police said they could not release the body without an official letter from the Lao embassy. The mother will have to wait until tomorrow when she can ask for a letter from the embassy.

Ms Urai said her daughter had recently travelled from Laos to stay with her aunt in Pathum Thani during the school holidays. Kambai had come to Thailand to help her aunt, Laddawan Soonthawong, 40, run her grilled-meat outlet.

Ms Urai broke into tears when she inspected the Porsche parked at Pathum Thani police station after meeting with Pol Lt Col Bancha.

She said she plans to hold a funeral for her daughter at Sai Noi temple in Nonthaburi's Bang Bua Thong district, before taking her ashes home to Laos.

She is entitled to seek up to 200,000 baht compensation from the owner of the Porsche.

shattered – broken into many pieces ที่แตกกระจาย
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
fatal – causing someone to die ถึงตาย
identify – to specify who someone is  ระบุชื่อ
slammed into – hit with great force ชนเข้าอย่างแรง
torso – the main part of the body, not including the head, arms or legs  ลำตัว
distraught – extremely upset, worried or confused  จิตว้าวุ่น, ว้าวุ่นใจ, สับสน
retrieve – to get something back ได้กลับคืนมา
remains – the body of a person who has died ซากศพ
postponement – delay การเลื่อนออกไป
in charge of – to be in control of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly  ดูแล ควบคุม
case – a matter that is being officially investigated, especially by the police คดี   
surrender – to give yourself up ยอมจำนน
pay homage to – to show deep respect for someone แสดงความเคารพ
ancestors – people who are related to you who lived a long time ago บรรพบุรุษ
number plate – a flat piece of metal or plastic on the front and back of a vehicle that shows its license number แผ่นป้ายทะเบียนรถยนต์
fled (past of flee) – escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there หนีไป
scene – site; a place where something happens or happened สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
abandon – to leave something  ปล่อยทิ้งไว้
witness – a person who sees something happen  ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์
arrest warrant – a document signed by a judge allowing police to arrest someone หมายจับ
investigator – someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something – ผู้สอบสวน,  ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ
sought (past tense of seek) – asked for something, or to tried to get somethingพยายามได้มา
permission – allowing someone to do something การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
release – to let someone take something away ปล่อย
embassy – a group of officials who represent their government in a foreign country สถานทูต
aunt – the sister of your father or mother; the wife of your uncle ป้า,น้าผู้หญิง,อาผู้หญิง
grilled – cooked  by direct heat, especially under a very hot surface ย่าง
outlet – a shop or place where a particular product is sold  ร้านขายสินค้า
break into tears – to suddenly start crying ร้องไห้
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
funeral – a ceremony that takes place after someone dies งานศพ
ashes – the powder that is left after a dead person's body has been cremated (= burned)  เถ้ากระดูก
entitled to
– having the right to have or do something  มีสิทธิโดยชอบ
compensation
– money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them  เงินชดเชย

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