A policeman has surrendered to the Metropolitan Police Bureau and admitted to riding the Ducati motorcycle that hit and killed a female doctor in Bangkok on Friday.
Dr Waraluck Supawatjariyakul, a member of Chulalongkorn University’s Department of Ophthalmology, was identified as the victim.
This fatal accident happened on Friday. The doctor was crossing Phayathai Road at the zebra crossing in front of the Bhumirajanagarindra Kidney Institute when she was struck by a Ducati motorcycle.
She was seriously injured and taken to Rajavithi Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
According to initial reports, the Ducati motorcycle driver was a policeman who fled the scene after the accident.
There were many reports of the accident on social media, with viewers and readers calling for the policeman to surrender and asking for eyewitnesses to provide information so that police could catch him.
Pol Maj Gen Nakarin Sukonthawit, commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau’s Protection and Crowd Control Division, named Mr Norawich Buadok as the Ducati motorcycle driver and said he was an officer under his command.
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The police major general said that based on his conversation with his subordinate, Pol L/Cpl Norawich was headed for Victory Monument after collecting some documents from Metropolitan Police headquarters.
He admitted that he was driving fast when he suddenly switched to the far right lane and sped over the zebra crossing without noticing other cars stopped and hit Dr Waraluck. He was also injured and was treated at Police General Hospital.
Pol L/Cpl Norawich was charged initially with reckless driving, causing death. After confessing to the charge, he was released without bail.
Police investigators will hand him over to prosecutors for indictment on March 9 following the completion of a report.
The policeman’s Ducati motorcycle was sent to the Traffic Police Division for examination.
Meanwhile, the investigators were awaiting the results of the examination and autopsy report on Dr Waraluck. Both will be submitted to prosecutors as evidence, Pol Maj Gen Nakarin said.
The funeral service for Dr Waraluck will be conducted at Sala 3, Wat Phrasrimathat Mahavoraviharn in Bangkok’s Bang Khen district. Her cremation will take place on January 26.