Police chief orders Red Bull heir hit-and-run investigation to be sped up

Royal Thai Police commissioner Chakthip Chaijinda has urged Thonglor police to speed up the ongoing investigation of the infamous hit-and-run case involving an heir of the Red Bull energy drink empire.

Last week’s fatal car accident in Ayutthaya caused by a high-profile driver triggered fresh public concern over the infamous, unresolved case in 2012 involving Vorayudh “Boss” Yoovidhya, grandson of a Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhya.

Vorayudh allegedly rammed his Ferrari into Pol. Snr. Sgt. Maj. Wichian Klanprasert’s motorcycle on Sukhumvit Soi 47 in the early hours of Sept. 3, 2012, killing the police officer.

During the incident Wichian’s body was dragged about 200 meters along the road.

Vorayuth allegedly fled the scene and was arrested several hours later at his home on Sukhumvit Soi 53.

He faced three charges: speeding, reckless driving causing death, and failing to stop his car to help the victim.

However, the speeding charge has since been dropped as it expired under the one-year statute of limitations.

Chakthip promised to find out what was causing the delay in the investigation.

“There are steps involved when police work on a case. We have to find out which one of these steps is causing the delay. If it gets stuck at the prosecution stage, it is [their responsibility]. If it is bogged down at the police investigation stage, we need to speed things up,” he said.

The commissioner added that if officers were found to be negligent, they would face disciplinary action, Bangkok Post reported.


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