Benz crash driver, now a monk, reports to court

Benz crash driver, now a monk, reports to court

Phra Janepob' Veeraporn is ordained at Wat Soontorn Thamtan. He still faces several charges from the fatal Ayutthaya crash on March 13. WICHAN CHAROENKIATPAKUL
Phra Janepob' Veeraporn is ordained at Wat Soontorn Thamtan. He still faces several charges from the fatal Ayutthaya crash on March 13. WICHAN CHAROENKIATPAKUL

Janepob Veeraporn, who is currently in the monkhood, has reported himself to Ayutthaya Provincial Court over a deadly high-speed car crash in Ayutthaya that killed two postgraduate students in March.

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Benz crash driver Janepob reports to court

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Janepob Veeraporn, who is currently in the monkhood, has reported himself to Ayutthaya Provincial Court over a deadly high-speed car crash in Ayutthaya that killed two postgraduate students in March.

Kritsada Rojjanasuwan, a prosecutor at the court, said Phra Janepob reported to the court Tuesday. The court earlier released him on bail on condition he report every seven days. It released him from detention last month after prosecutors wrapped up their probe.

Phra Janepob faces seven charges, including reckless driving causing death, property damage, driving without regard for safety causing death, driving while unfit to do so, drink-driving causing death, driving under the influence of drugs and speeding, after he rammed his Mercedes-Benz into the rear of a Ford carrying the students on Phahon Yothin Road in Ayutthaya's Bang Pa-in district.

A video clip from the dash cam of a vehicle caught the Mercedes-Benz sports car ramming the Ford Fiesta from behind at high speed.

The March 13 collision killed the two students, who were pursuing master's degrees at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University.

A prosecutor has ordered police to question two doctors at the hospital where the accused received treatment following the crash in response to a request from the suspect's lawyer, Mr Kritsada said.

He said the lawyer believes the doctors' statements would help the suspect.

Phra Janepob was reportedly ordained as a Buddhist monk at a Bangkok temple on Sunday to make merit for the victims for 15 days.

The suspect has the right to enter the monkhood while in official custody, Mr Kritsada said, adding this would not affect the case.

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Vocabulary

  • bail: money that is given to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison until their trial. If they do not return for the trial, the court keeps the money  - เงินประกัน; การประกันตัว
  • case: a matter that is being officially investigated or heard by a court - คดี
  • charge : an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • collision: an accident in which a vehicle or person that is moving crashes into something - การชนประสานงา
  • condition: something that must be done before another thing can happen - เงื่อนไข
  • court: the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล
  • crash (noun): collision, accident - การชน
  • currently: at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน
  • custody: the state of being in prison or under police control, especially while waiting for trial - การกักขัง, การคุมขัง
  • dash cam (noun): a camera that is fixed to a car's dashboard, the part in front of the driver, with the instruments and controls -
  • deadly (adj): causing or likely to cause death - เป็นอันตรายถึงตายได้
  • detention (noun): the condition of being forced officially to stay in a place - การกักตัว
  • drink-driving (noun): driving a vehicle after drinking too much alcohol (American: drunk-driving) - ขับรถในขณะเมาเหล้า
  • in response to: in reaction to something that has happened or been said - ตาม
  • lawyer: an attorney - ทนาย
  • make merit: to do good things according to religious beliefs - ทำบุญ
  • master's degree: a further university degree that you study for after a first degree - ระดับปริญญาโท
  • monkhood: the fact of being a monk - เพศพระภิกษุ, เพศบรรพชิต, ความเป็นพระ
  • official: done by people in authority or decided by the government; announced publicly - เป็นทางการ
  • ordain: to officially make someone a monk or priest in a religious ceremony - บวช อุปสมบท
  • postgraduate (adj): of a person who already holds a first degree and who is doing advanced study or research; a graduate student - หลังได้รับปริญญาแล้ว
  • probe: an investigation - การสอบสวน
  • property: things, especially valuable things, that are owned by someone - ทรัพย์สมบัติ, ทรัพย์สิน
  • prosecutor: a lawyer whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty - อัยการ
  • pursue: to try to achieve something - ดำเนินตาม, พยายามเพื่อให้ได้มาซึ่ง
  • rammed: hit or pushed with force - กระแทก
  • rear: back - ด้านหลัง
  • reckless (adj): doing something dangerous and not worrying about the risks and the possible results - ชะล่าใจ, เสี่ยง, ไม่ยั้งคิด
  • regard (noun): attention to or thought and care for somebody/something - ความเอาใจใส่, ความสนใจ, ความเคารพ
  • release: to allow someone to go free - ปล่อยตัว
  • reportedly: as reported (often used for showing that you are not certain that something you are reporting is true) - ตามที่รายงาน
  • request: an act of asking for something in a formal or polite way - การขอร้อง
  • right: a moral or legal claim to have or get something or to behave in a particular way - สิทธิ
  • statement: a formal written/spoken account of events that a person who has seen a crime or who has been accused of a crime gives to the police - คำให้การ
  • suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
  • the accused (noun): defendant; someone who has been accused of a crime and is on trial - ผู้ถูกกล่าวหา, จำเลย
  • treatment: the process of providing medical care - การรักษา
  • under the influence (exp): being affected by alcohol, a drug, etc. - อยู่ในสภาพมึน
  • victims : people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc. - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
  • wrapped up: finished -
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