Police officer who crashed his motorcycle into and killed a young doctor at Bangkok crosswalk sentenced to one year and 15 days in prison

PHOTO: Thairath

Bangkok –

The Criminal Court today, April 25th, has sentenced a policeman who crashed into and killed female doctor Waraluck “Doctor Kratai” Supwatjariyakul in January to an imprisonment of one year and 15 days in prison and a fine of 4,000 baht.

Police Lance Corporal Norawit Buadok was facing nine charges for hitting and killing the pedestrian who was walking across a crosswalk on Phya Thai Road in Bangkok on January 21st.

The charges include 1.) reckless driving causing death; 2.) driving a motorcycle without a license plate; 3.) driving a vehicle with no annual tax paid; 4.) driving a motorcycle without insurance; 5.) driving an incomplete vehicle (no rear mirror); 6.) Not driving on the left side of the road close to the walkway; 7.) Violating speed limit; 8.) Driving without regard for the safety of others, and 9.) Driving without following the signage on the road (did not stop his vehicle at a crosswalk).

Norawit arrived at the Criminal Court for the hearings this morning. The Court had sentenced the policeman to 2 years and 30 days of imprisonment and a fine of 8,000 baht. However, the defendant pleaded guilty. Therefore, the sentences were reduced to a total imprisonment of 1 year and 15 days without parole and a fine of 4,000 baht.

As of this afternoon, the Court had granted bail for the former police officer for a surety of 200,000 following his father’s and his police supervisor’s bail request.


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Nop Meechukhun
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.