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

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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.

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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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