Victims’ families from 2010 Donmueng toll crash receive compensation, but driver still not in prison

The victims’ families from a tragic 2010 van accident will finally receive some financial compensation from the insurance company that covered the driver.

The Navakij Insurance Public Company Limited agreed to pay compensation for the crash, which took place at the Donmueng Tol1.

In December 2010, a van to Thammasart University was hit by a Honda Civic car driven by a seventeen-year-old girl who didn’t have a license. The van flipped over, resulting in nine deaths and five injuries.

The insurance company agreed to pay THB600,000 to each victim’s family in addition to the THB300,000 for each family’s hospital bill and funeral cost. The Criminal Court had issued a preliminary ruling that the defendant would spend two years in prison, but the girl’s family is continuing to fight the lawsuit in The Court of Appeals.

The insurance company, which was involved only in the civil case, decided to offer the victims’ families compensation regardless the final judgment from the court. The families of the victims agreed to withdraw charges against the company.  

As for the driver’s family, the Thammasart Law Center and families of the victims said they will sue them in the Civil Court for compensation. 

Asst. Prof. Prinya Thaewanarumitkul, the Asssistant Rector of Thammasart University and the member of Thammasart Law Center said the case has been prolonged as the defendant insists on the lawsuit in the Court of Appeals. He personally wants the defendant to show responsibility for the accident she caused.

Thammasart University and the victims’ family requested the minor driver to take responsibility, Khaosod reported.

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