Bangkok Taxi Driver Gets 2 Years for Hit and Run Killing of Joanna McKiddie

Bangkok Taxi Driver Gets 2 Years for Hit and Run Killing of Joanna McKiddie
Joanna McKiddie, who died after being hit by a taxi outside a petrol station in Bangkok, Thailand, had been working at an international school in the city for around five weeks.
Joanna McKiddie, who died after being hit by a taxi outside a petrol station in Bangkok, Thailand, had been working at an international school in the city for around five weeks.

 

BANGKOK – Taxi driver Rungreuthai Phosri has been jailed for two-years-and-three months after admitting killing a Wakefield teacher in a hit-and-run in Thailand, an inquest heard.

Joanna McKiddie, of Newmillerdam, suffered fatal injuries when she was struck by a Toyota taxi outside a petrol station in Bangkok in the early hours of September 15.

Taxi driver Rungreuthai Phosri
Taxi driver Rungreuthai Phosri

The inquest heard Miss McKiddie, 29, had been in Thailand for around five weeks working as a reception class teacher at St Andrew’s International School in Bangkok.

Miss McKiddie and her friend Lauren Hughes had just got out of a taxi and were crossing the Sathon Tai Road when they were struck by another taxi.

Miss McKiddie suffered fatal injuries in the incident and Miss Hughes suffered a broken leg.

Taxi driver Rungreuthai Phosri, 31, fled the scene but later handed himself in to police.

Coroner David Hinchliff said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office could not obtain a transcript of the court proceedings as the Thai authorities would not release the information to a third party.

Recording a narrative verdict, Mr Hinchliff said: “They were struck and knocked down by a taxi, the driver of which has admitted he was driving at too high a speed and driving inappropriately. It was as a consequence of his actions that Joanna has suffered fatal injuries.”

Miss McKiddie’s mother Julia, father Dennis and sister Lisa were at the inquest. Lisa McKiddie said her sister was a “brilliant and creative teacher.

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