Boy drives BMW through red light, kills new grad
Alleged reckless driving by a 15-year-old boy has put an end to the life of a newly-graduated student engineer.
Thanaphol Kaewmoon, 24, was riding a motorcycle from his office in Suranaree University of Technology in Nakhon Ratchasima on Friday when the accident happened. He was hit by a BMW sedan, driven by the boy, that ran a red light at an intersection outside the campus at 10pm.
Thanaphol died instantly at the scene.
His teacher said on Sunday his student worked part-time at the university hospital while he prepared to pursue his master's degree.
The student had graduated with honours, his teacher added.
The name of the young driver of the BMW was withheld as he was underage.
Police said on Sunday the boy would be charged with careless driving leading to death, running a red light and driving without a licence.
The driver was speeding and had not stopped at a red light when his BMW hit the motorbike driven by Thanaphol.
The driver stayed at the scene, waiting for police to arrive.
The father of the victim said he would pursue legal action.
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- alleged: claimed to be true although not yet proven; claimed to have done something wrong but not yet proven - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
- careless: not giving enough attention and thought to what you are doing, so that you make mistakes - ไม่ระมัดระวัง, ประมาท
- honours (noun): a prize in a particular competition or a place in a particular team -
- legal action: the process of going to court to have something decided officially by law -
- pursue: to try to achieve something - ดำเนินตาม, พยายามเพื่อให้ได้มาซึ่ง
- reckless: not thinking about the possible bad effects of your actions - สะเพร่า
- running a red light: to drive through a red light , instead of stopping, which is illegal -
- sedan: a closed car with a front and back seat for passengers - รถยนต์ส่วนบุคคลสี่ประตู
- withheld (verb): to deliberately not give something to someone - ไม่เปิดเผย, ไม่อนุญาต, ระงับ, ถอนกลับ