Wrong turn: Taxi driver attacked by drunk shirtless man & villagers

Wrong turn: Taxi driver attacked by drunk shirtless man & villagers

Drunk shirtless man attacks taxi for no reason, gets hit by taxi when taxi tries to escape, taxi crashes, taxi driver hauled out of taxi , beaten up by angry mob of villagers & dashboard video of incident goes viral.

Drunk shirtless man attacks taxi for no reason, hurling obscenities at taxi driver, who was frightened out of his mind.


Wrong turn: Taxi driver attacked by drunk shirtless man & villagers

10 Aug 2015

A taxi driver was beaten up by onlookers after his car hit an angry stranger, who later admitted he'd had a few drinks and was not happy to see the cabbie holding a mobile phone while driving.

The violent confrontation took place on July 26 on Suk Sawat Road, Bangkok, and was captured by the taxi's dashboard video camera. The video was later shared on social media and went viral last week.

Taxi driver Viroj (surname not given), aged 48, told reporters that a shirtless stranger stood in front of his vehicle and refused to let him pass. The man cursed at him, hammered on his car and demanded that he get out of the vehicle.

"The man then went away, came back with a long stick and approached my car. I tried to escape but lost control of the vehicle and it hit the man, and a house nearby," Mr Viroj said.

The driver said a group of men in the area then attacked him, breaking two of his teeth and giving him a black eye.

The cab driver complained that the other people did not even try to hear his explanation and simply accused him of a hit-and-run. It was fortunate that the dashboard video camera captured the incident, he said. Otherwise, he would have become a victim.

He said the video clip was posted online by his grandson, and added that he will take legal action against the shirtless man and the people who assaulted him.

The shirtless man, who was seriously injured when hit by the cab, was later named as Pitipong, 29.

"I saw the video clip and I'm really stressed. I want to say that this was all a misunderstanding. That day, I drank some alcohol and was having an argument with a biker on the opposite side of the road.

"I was approaching the biker, but the cab driver refused to stop and he was holding onto a mobile phone. I decided to hit his car with my shirt, but I had no intention of hurting the driver.

"I then went to get a stick to hurt the biker, but the cab driver misunderstood me. I was hit [by the taxi] and passed out. I regained consciousness in the hospital," Mr Pitipong said.

He asked the public not to comment further on the incident as all involved had to work, to make a living.

"It was all a misunderstanding," he reiterated.

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  • accused: to be said to have done something wrong or committed a crime - ถูกกล่าวหา
  • admitted (verb): agreed that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ
  • alcohol: drinks such as whiskey, beer, wine, etc that make people feel good and become drunk - เหล้า, สุรา
  • approach: moving or coming closer - การเข้าใกล้
  • argument: a conversation or discussion in which two or more people disagree, often angrily - การโต้แย้ง, การแย้ง, การโต้เถียง
  • assault: attacking someone violently - การทำร้ายร่างกาย
  • beaten up: when a person is hit or kicked hard, many times ตีจนบาดเจ็บอย่างรุนแรง -
  • black eye: a swollen bruised and black eye caused by someone hitting your eye - ตาช้ำ
  • cab: a taxi -
  • cabbie: a person whose job is to drive a taxi - คนขับรถแท็กซี่
  • capture: to film/record/paint, etc. somebody/something - เก็บภาพ, จับภาพ
  • capture an image: to take a photograph or make a painting of a particular scene, person, etc. -
  • comment (noun): expressing an opinion - การแสดงความคิดเห็น
  • complain: to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์
  • confrontation: a situation in which people or groups are arguing angrily or are fighting - การเผชิญหน้า
  • control: To exercise restraining or governing influence over; to check; to counteract; to restrain; to regulate; to govern; to overpower - จัดการ, ควบคุม
  • curse: the saying of magic words which are intended to bring bad luck to someone - คำสาปแช่ง
  • dashboard: the part of the car in front of the driver that the steering wheel of a car is attached to; front console; control panel - แผงหน้าปัดรถยนต์, แผงหน้าปัด
  • demand: a very firm request for something - ข้อเรียกร้อง, การเรียกร้อง
  • escape (verb): to get away from a place; to leave a place where you are in danger - หนี
  • explanation (noun): a description of how something happened or happens; giving the reasons why it happened - การอธิบาย, การชี้แจง, การขยายความ, คำอธิบาย
  • fortunate: lucky - โชคดี, เคราะห์ดี
  • grandson (noun): a son of your son or daughter - หลานชาย
  • hammer: to hit very hard; to defeat an opponent by a large score - กระแทก, ทุบด้วยค้อน
  • hit-and-run: (of a road accident) caused by a driver who does not stop to help - ที่ชนแล้วหนี
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • injured (adj): hurt in an accident, natural disaster, attack, etc. - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ
  • intention: a plan in your mind to do something - ความตั้งใจ เจตนา แผนการ
  • involved (verb): taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง, มีบทบาท
  • legal: relating to the law or lawyers - เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
  • make a living: to earn the money needed to pay for food, a place to live, clothing, etc - ดำรงชีวิต, ครองชีพ
  • misunderstanding: a situation in which a comment, an instruction, etc. is not understood correctly - ความเข้าใจผิด
  • online: controlled by or connected to a computer or to the Internet - ออนไลน์, การเชื่อมต่อผ่านระบบเครือข่ายทางคอมพิวเตอร์
  • onlookers: people who watch something that is happening in a public place but are not involved in it - ผู้ดูเหตุการณ์
  • passed out: became unconscious - หมดสติ
  • post: to send information, in this case, to a website -
  • public (noun): people - ผู้คน
  • refuse (verb): to say or show that you will not do something; to say or show that you will not do something that someone has asked you to do - ปฏิเสธ
  • regained consciousness: became aware of your surroundings after having been asleep, especially from an injury - ได้สติ, ฟื้น
  • reiterated: repeated something in order to emphasise it or make it very clear to people - ยืนยันตามเดิม
  • share: to have or use something at the same time as someone else - ใช้ร่วมกัน
  • social media: the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. - เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์
  • stick (noun): a thin piece of wood that has fallen or been broken from a tree - กิ่งไม้
  • stranger: a person that you do not know - คนแปลกหน้า
  • stressed: affected by pressure, worry, etc. - วิตกกังวล
  • surname: a name shared by all the members of a family (written last in English names) - นามสกุล
  • vehicle: a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ
  • victim: someone who has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a crime - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
  • video clip (noun): a short piece of video, in YouTube, for example - คลิปวีดีโอ
  • violent: involving or caused by physical force that is intended to hurt or kill somebody - รุนแรง, ร้ายแรง, สาหัส
  • viral: (of a video, photo, story, etc.) spread across the internet very quickly (like a virus spreading a disease) as people share it with their friends or the news media reports on it - แพร่กระจายผ่านทางอินเทอร์เน็ตอย่างรวดเร็ว
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