An unlicensed teen driver who caused the deaths of nine people still won’t have to spend a day in jail, despite having her sentence upheld by an appeals court this morning.
More than three years after Orachorn “Praewa” Thephasadin Na Ayudhya knocked a taxi van off an elevated expressway, the Appeals Court upheld her conviction and two-year sentence for the 2010 accident, a sentence which will also remains suspended, thus rescuing the well-heeled young woman from an important family from any hard time.
Praewa’s probation period was also extended another year by the court.
For causing the deaths of nine people, she will have to perform another 48 hours of charity work during the year and will be unable to obtain a driving license until she is 25.
That must be very inconvenient for her.
She was 16 at the time of the accident, and many were enraged by images of the hi-so girl leaning casually against a guardrail chatting on her phone while bodies of the van occupants, some of them Thammasat University students, littered the road below.
In August, 2012, the teenager had been sentenced by the Central Juvenile and Family Court to two years in prison which was commuted to a three-year probation, Thai PBS reported.
The victims’ families have separately filed suit seeking millions of baht in damages.
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