Ordained police officer involved in female doctor’s fatal accident at Bangkok crosswalk pays his respects at her funeral yesterday

Bangkok –

Police-turned-monk Norawit, who crashed his motorcycle into and killed young female doctor Waraluck Supawatjariyakul and his ordained father attended her funeral at Wat Phra Sri Mahathat Woramahawihan in Bangkok yesterday, January 24th.

The two arrived at the funeral yesterday evening when the female doctor’s parents, relatives, friends, and acquaintances came to pay their respects to the deceased.

Monk Norawit, who rode a big bike and caused the fatal accident, and Monk Nikhom, who was Norawit’s father, had also arrived after being ordained to, according to them, pay their deepest grief and sorrow for the incident and make merit to Doctor Waraluck.

However, the public now raised a question whether the police officer, who is now a suspect of the crime, had been ordained to delay or even attempt to escape the legal charges. As of today, the abbot of the temple where he was ordained stated that Norawit will still face charges which is not suitable for being a monk and will be disrobed if found guilty.

The accident has driven intense discussion on social media as well as renewed talk around crosswalks and road safety in general in Thailand.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) officials last night had drawn fresh road markings about 50 meters before reaching the crosswalk near Bhumirajanagarindra Kidney Institute Hospital, where the fatal accident took place, as a warning sign for all motorists to reduce speed and drive cautiously to prevent road accidents.

Some small flower bouquets were seen placed on the footpath near the crosswalk as condolences to the loss of doctor Waraluck.

Photo Courtesy: Sanook


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National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.