Police now agree that Col Saksit Phuklam was the driver of the car that severely injured Mor Muk (Maj Hathaiporn Imwitthaya) and have charged him with attempted murder.
Colonel charged in hit-and-run case
Col Saksit Phuklam (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)
Col Saksit Phuklam reported to Phayathai police on Wednesday morning and was formally charged with attempted murder relating to the hit-and-run incident last month that left a woman doctor in a coma.
He was accompanied by officers from the Judge Advocate General's Department and lawyers.
Col Saksit, director of the administrative office of the Royal Thai Armed Forces' Comptroller-General's Department, was found by police investigators to be the driver of a Nissan car that hit Maj Hathaiporn Imwitthaya, alias Mor Muk, a 34-year-old doctor at Phra Mongkut Hospital, on June 11.
Mor Muk remains in hospital, recovering from severe brain injuries.
On reporting to the police, Col Saksit was further questioned by Pol Maj-Gen Amnuay Nimmano, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police, and Pol Maj-Gen Wichai Sangprapai, chief of Metropolitan Police Division 1.
The investigators and Maj Hathaiporn's mother Pannakorn earlier expressed doubt that Col Saksit was really the driver of the car.
They later agreed that Col Saksit was at the wheel after footage from security cameras showed he was driving his wife, daughter and his daughter's friend in the car.
A purported surveillance camera video posted on YouTube by CiNNtv1 shows a car (in the red circle) making a U-turn, pausing briefly and then hitting Maj Hathaiporn (in the blue circle) as she was about to get into her car on the night of June 11, 2011. After the car hit the woman doctor, it made another U-turn and fled with its headlights turned off.
charge – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
hit-and-run – (of a road accident) caused by a driver who does not stop to help ที่ชนแล้วหนี
murder – the crime of intentionally killing a person ฆาตกรรม
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
coma – deeply unconscious อยู่ในสภาพไม่รู้สึกตัว, ไร้การตอบสนอง
accompanied - went with ติดตาม, ร่วมทาง, เดินทางไปด้วย
Judge Advocate General Department – the army department in charge of legal matters กรมพระธรรมนูญ
administrative – connected with organising the work of a business or an institution เกี่ยวกับการบริหาร
comptroller general – the head of a government accounting office ผู้อำนวยการตรวจสอบการเงินการบัญชี
investigator – someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something – ผู้สอบสวน, ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ
alias – used when a person, is known by two names; used before a different name that someone uses instead of their real name ฉายา, สมญานาม
recover – to become healthy and fit again after an illness or injury การฟื้นไข้
severe – very serious and unpleasant รุนแรง
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
metropolitan – relating to a large city เกี่ยวกับเมืองใหญ่
doubt – thinking that something is probably not true or that it probably does not exist ความสงสัย
footage – film of a particular subject or event ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์
purported – said by some people to be real or true, but not proved to be real or true ซึ่งอ้างว่า
surveillance camera – a camera kept in a place to record what happens there, especially criminal activity กล้องวงจรปิดเพื่อรักษาการความปลอดภัย
pause – to stop doing something for a short time before continuing หยุดชะงักชั่วคราว
fled (past of flee) – escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there หนีไป