BANGKOK — After two rounds of negotiation, the actress who killed a police officer with her Mercedes Benz has settled for an undisclosed sum with the policeman’s family, though she still faces criminal proceedings.
British-Thai actress Anna Hambawaris reached agreement with the family of Police Lt. Naphadol Wongbundit in a meeting at a Bangkok police station Saturday – nearly two months after she crashed her car into the police vehicle where Naphadol was sleeping, killing him instantly on June 26.
“We have reached an agreement. Both parties are satisfied,” Anna said. “I’d prefer not to disclose the sum of money.”
In two previous sessions, Anna, who is better known as Anna Reese, refused to pay the 5 million baht compensation Naphadol’s family had requested, saying she would only pay a maximum of 2 million baht.
Anna told reporters Saturday that the matter had been settled following an hourlong meeting with Naphadol’s family.
Naphadol’s wife, Chanthana Wongbundit, initially asked Anna to pay 7.2 million baht to her family. She said Naphadol was a promising police officer with 15 more years in his career to go when he died. Naphadol also had two children.
The amount was later reduced to 6.2 million baht, 1.2 million of which would be covered by Anna’s insurance company.
Anna acknowledged Saturday the criminal case against her is still ongoing. She has been charged with reckless driving leading to the death of others.
She added that she will become a nun again to honor Naphadol’s memory, having already ordained herself briefly as a nun for a week in July.
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