Benz crash driver admits reckless charge

Benz crash driver admits reckless charge

Janepob Veeraporn, top left, has pleaded guilty to one charge of smashing into a car and causing a fire that killed post-graduate students Thanthaphat Horsaengchai and Kritsana Thaworn. (Bangkok Post photos)
Janepob Veeraporn, top left, has pleaded guilty to one charge of smashing into a car and causing a fire that killed post-graduate students Thanthaphat Horsaengchai and Kritsana Thaworn. (Bangkok Post photos)

A Mercedes-Benz driver involved in a deadly high-speed car crash in Ayutthaya that killed two post-graduate students in March has pleaded not guilty to six out of seven charges.

Janepob Veeraporn, 37, only pleaded guilty to the charge of reckless driving causing death, said Wichien Chupthaisong, a lawyer representing the family of Thanthaphat Horsaengchai, one of the crash victims.

He denied six other charges: exceeding the speed limit; drink-driving causing death; driving under the influence of drugs causing death; and driving while being unfit to do so.

He also denied driving without regard for the safety of others; and defying an official order to undergo alcohol and drugs tests, Mr Wichien said.

The lawyer was speaking after Mr Janepob entered a plea Monday at the Ayutthaya Provincial Court.

Mr Wichien accompanied Thanthaphat's mother, Kamolrat Horsaengchai, and the victim's two sisters to the court hearing.

Mr Janepob faces seven charges after his Mercedes-Benz slammed at high speed into the rear of a Ford carrying Thanthaphat, 34, and Kritsana Thaworn, 32, both post-graduate students at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University's Faculty of Buddhism, on Phahon Yothin Road in Ayutthaya's Bang Pa-in district on March 13.

The Ford burst into flames following the impact, killing the students in the car.

Mr Wichien said Mrs Kamolrat also filed a motion in court, demanding more than 100 million baht in compensation from Mr Janepob.

He said Mr Janepob had made no attempt to contact the families of the victims to offer compensation.

Mr Janepob failed to appear before the court.

His lawyer claimed he was receiving treatment in hospital and asked the court to temporarily suspend the case, saying Mr Janepob was unable to give testimony due to mental illness, Mr Wichien said.

The court set the start of the trial for Friday.


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