Pattaya speedboat driver surrenders
- Published: 23/04/2013 at 03:54 PM
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One of the tourist-speedboat drivers who fled the scene of Sunday’s two-boat crash off Pattaya’s Koh Larn surrendered to police on Tuesday, along with his crewman.
Roong-aroon Hormhuan, the driver of Kor Nong Mai 7, one of the speedboats involved in the collision, and his assistant Lattapon Sonphu reported to investigators at Muang Pattaya police station on Tuesday. Photo by Post Today
Eighteen South Korean tourists were injured, two seriously, in the accident on Sunday morning, about 800 metres offshore from Tawaen beach.
One passenger's leg was completely severed, and both legs of another passenger nearly severed in the crash.
Roong-aroon Hormhuan, the driver of Kor Nong Mai 7, one of the speedboats involved in the collision, and his assistant Lattapon Sonphu reported to investigators at Muang Pattaya police station on Tuesday to acknowledge charges of reckless driving causing serious injury and damage to property.
They also face charges of fleeing the scene of an accident.
Mr Roong-aroon denied the reckless driving charge, claiming the collision was caused by the driver of the other boat, the Sor Kem Thong, and not by him.
He told police he and Mr Lattapon were ferrying tourists to Koh Larn's Tawaen beach when the other boat suddenly rammed into the side of his boat.
Mr Roong-aroon said he and his crewman did their utmost to help the injured tourists after the accident, but the crew of the other boat were in shock and did little.
Police are still investigating and have pressed charges against the drivers of both boats, until they conclude who was to blame.
The driver of Sor Kem Thong speedboat remained at large Tuesday.
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