BANGKOK -Today the Supreme Court of Thailand rejected an appeal by Miss Orachorn “Praewa” Thephasadin Na Ayudhya who’s surname carries a lot of weight in Thai society, was earlier sentenced to two years in prison for reckless driving that caused nine people dead when a taxi van fell from the expressway after it was rammed by her car almost five years ago.
The statement rejecting Miss Orachorn’s appeal, now 21, was read at the Central Juvenile and Family Court late this afternoon at the appearance of the teenager, whose name was upheld as the fatal accident happened when she was an underage or 17 years old, her parents and families of the nine victims killed in the December 27, 2010 incident.
The Supreme Court said in its statement there was no significant evidence to reverse the ruling on August 2012 by the Central Juvenile and Family Court that sentenced her to three years in prison but commuted by one third to two years in prison.
The juvenile court also granted three-year probation for her prison term, and mandated her to three year behavior control, 48 hours of working to caring road accident patients, and report authorities every three months.
A charge that she used mobile telephone during the driving was dropped as there was no proof to support the charge.
Miss Orachorn appealed the sentence to the Appeal Court.
Later the Appeals Court sentenced her to two years imprisonment and banned her to drive until she turns 25 years old. The prison term, however, was commuted to four year probation instead with 48 hours of charity working for one year.
She appealed to the Supreme Court which rejected her appeal with reason there was no significant evidence to reverse the original. ruling.
Relatives of the victims burst in tears after hearing the statement.
They were consulting lawyers to pursue civil cases with the teenager to demand compensation for their perished relatives in the fatal accident.
The incident happened on the night of December 27 when she rammed her Honda Civic sedan at the taxi van on the expressway near Kaset intersection.
The van fell off the expressway on the ground killing nine people.
The Thai public, who feel Orachon has received special treatment because her family is well-known in Bangkok’s high society.
The Khaosod Reports the deadly crash drew widespread attention from Thai society, with many commentators on social media voicing suspicions that Orachon was spared from prison because of her influential family. Her brother is a famous actor and model, and her uncle and grandfather were high-ranking military commanders. Public outrage was also partly fueled by a photo of Orachon in which appeared to be calmly texting at the site of the accident.