Hit-run victim mourned

Tragic end to the life of a much-loved and highly respected Bangkok police officer leaves many in mourning.

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Nongnoot Saengpraphan, 31, mourns the death of her ex-husband, Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert, yesterday. SOMCHAI POOMLARD

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Ex-wife, colleagues mourn

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Nongnoot Saengpraphan's hopes of reuniting with her ex-husband Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert were crushed with shocking brutality when the officer was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Sukhumvit Road early yesterday.

"He had no plans at the moment except for our reunion. We were waiting for the right time and wanted to have our own child," Ms Nongnoot, 31, said of her former partner.

Despite their divorce years ago, Ms Nongnoot said she and her ex-husband continued to see each other because they lived in the same police flat building in the Thong Lor police station compound in Bangkok. Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian worked at the station and Ms Nongnoot is a vendor there.

"We broke up then because we had no time for each other. Setting the breakup aside, we still met every day, talked every day and took care of each other when we fell sick. My heart is broken as he will never be here anymore," Ms Nongnoot said in tears beside Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian's body during a bathing ceremony at Wat That Thong temple in Bangkok yesterday.

She said her ex-husband was recognised as an outstanding officer at his station and everyone loved him.

The couple were married in 2004, and divorced the following year.

Ms Nongnoot last saw Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian at about 7pm on Sunday after he had returned from a funeral. He later went to bed before going out to patrol on his midnight shift with his supervisor and superintendent Wasupat Pakkangwesang.

Pol Maj Wasupat said the two of them patrolled an area on a police pickup truck. Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian was the driver and the superintendent had his subordinate drop him off at the station about 4am.

Instead of waiting for the end of their shift together at the station at 8am, Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian left by himself on his motorcycle to check boxes on Thong Lor Road before he was killed, said Pol Maj Wasupat, who had been the patrol partner of the dead policeman for years.

"I regret the loss. He was a really good man. Everyone trusted him. He worked really hard. Everyone at the station loved him. I have rarely had such a colleague. He acted responsibly not only for himself but also for other police and so he was assigned to oversee the work of his peers," he said.

Relatives yesterday arranged religious ceremonies for the body of Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian at Wat That Thong.

The officer was killed instantly while on duty in a collision with a black Ferrari allegedly driven by Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the 27-year-old son of Red Bull energy drink manufacturer Chalerm Yoovidhya, on Sukhumvit Road early yesterday morning.

Mr Chalerm attended the funeral and paid his respects to the dead officer yesterday evening. He said he never expected such a tragedy would affect his family. He apologised to the relatives of Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian and promised full compensation for his death.

mourn – to feel extremely sad because someone has died and to express this in public ไว้อาลัย, ไว้ทุกข์, เศร้าโศก
colleague – someone who works in the same organisation or department as you do เพื่อนร่วมงาน
reunite – to bring together again รวมกันใหม่
crush – to defeat or cause to fail; to make someone feel disappointed, embarrassed, or upset ทำลาย,ทำให้โศกเศร้า
brutality – extreme violence, especially when it is deliberately cruel extreme violence, especially when it is deliberately cruel ความโหด, ความเหี้ยมโหด, ความอำมหิต
divorce – a legal way of ending a marriage การหย่า
flat – a set of rooms for living in, including a kitchen, usually on one floor of a building แฟลต, ห้องชุด
compound – an area in which a group of buildings stands บริเวณ
vendor – someone who sells something, but not in a shop พ่อค้าแม่ค้าแผงลอย
recognise – to give praise or approval to someone or something เป็นที่ชื่นชม ยกย่อง
outstanding – clearly very much better than what is usual ยอดเยี่ยม, ดีเด่น
funeral – a ceremony that takes place after someone dies งานศพ
shift – a period of work time in a factory, hospital or other place where some people work during the day and some work at night เวร, กะ หรือระยะเวลาทำงานเป็นช่วงๆ,
supervisor – someone who is in charge of an activity, a place, or a group of people such as workers or students ผู้ควบคุมดูแล, หัวหน้างาน
superintendent – a senior police officer เจ้าหน้าที่ตำรวจระดับสูง
patrol – to move regularly around a place in order to prevent trouble or crime ลาดตระเวน
subordinate – someone who has less power or authority than someone else ผู้ใต้บังคับบัญชา
drop off – to stop so that somebody can get out of a car, etc; to deliver something on the way to somewhere else ส่งผู้โดยสารหรือของ
regret – a feeling of sadness about something sad or wrong or about a mistake that you have made, and a wish that it could have been different and better ความโทมนัส,ความเสียใจ,ความเศร้าโศก
trust – to believe someone is honest, fair, and reliable  เชื่อใจ, ไว้วางใจ
rarely – not happening often นานๆ ครั้ง, ไม่บ่อย
responsible – sensible, reliable, and able to be trusted to do the right thing  มีความรับผิดชอบ
assign – to give a person a particular task or position มอบหมาย, สั่งงาน
oversee – to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly คุมงาน,ควบคุม
peers –  people who are the same age or have the same social position or the same abilities as other people in a group เพื่อน
relative – a member of your family ญาติพี่น้อง
instantly – immediately ทันที
on duty –  working at a particular time อยู่ในหน้าที่
collision – an accident in which a vehicle or person that is moving crashes into something  การชนประสานงา
allegedly – claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา
pay respects to – to show deep admiration for someone แสดงความเคารพ
tragedy – a very sad event that causes people to suffer or die โศกนาฏกรรม
apologise – to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem ขอโทษ
compensation – money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them  เงินชดเชย

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