Englishman Danny Glass presented himself at Thalang Police Station, in Phuket, on Saturday to hear his charge of reckless driving causing death.
Glass arrived at Thalang Police Station shortly after 2pm. The charges are for the fatal road accident that resulted in the death of his long-term partner Sophie Emma Rose Anderson, also from England.
During formal proceedings today, Glass obscured his face and declined to speak with reporters.
Anderson, who was six months pregnant, was riding pillion on Glass’s motorbike when she spilled onto Thepkrasattri Road in Thalang and was crushed by an 18-wheeled truck on May 8, leaving her 5-year-old son Shaye without a mother.
The driver of the truck, Nattawoot Kimchue, 30, from Phang Nga province, initially fled the scene but later surrendered himself to police. He was also charged with reckless driving by Thalang Police today.
After the accident, Glass posted a video on YouTube as part of his initial steps in overcoming his devastating grief. In clarifying how the accident happened, Glass explained, “I went to brake because a car all of a sudden braked in front of me. The bike slid, like wobbled. I tried to stabilize it, but I wasn’t been able to. It’s two people on a scooter, it’s a very difficult thing to do – and the bike slid to the right side.”
Sophie fell right in front of a truck moving in the same direction while Danny suffered only minor injuries.
“All I keep seeing is that image keep going through my head over and over and over and over and over – it just won’t stop,” he confessed in the YouTube video.
“It’s like, is this a dream? Somebody wake me up from this nightmare,” he said.
The case echoes an incident in early February when Australian tourist Thomas Keating, 22, was charged with reckless driving causing death after an accident that resulted in the death of his girlfriend Emily Jayne Collie, 20. The two crashed their separate jet-skis into each other off Kata Beach in southern Phuket.
Thomas Keating was handed down by court a two-year suspended jail sentence and fined THB5,000 for reckless driving causing death.
According to Section 291 of the Criminal Code, the maximum punishment that Glass could face for reckless driving causing death is a ten-year jail term and/or a fine of THB20,000. However, in practice, such cases more routinely result in smaller fines and suspended sentences.
Story: The Phuket News
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