AYUTTHAYA — Police today sent prosecutors their case against a wealthy businessman responsible for deaths of two graduate students in a fiery crash a month and a half ago.
The case file names eight charges against Jenphop Viraporn, 37, including fatal reckless driving, driving under the influence, speeding and refusing to cooperate with law enforcement for the March 13 crash, which garnered widespread attention and complaints authorities had slow-walked the case.
The 686-page case was sent Tuesday to attorney general.
Deputy national police chief Pongsapat Pongcharoen said they declined a request from the families of the victims to charge Jenphop with premeditated murder.
Pongsapat said they lacked evidence to prove the suspect, who was driving 257kph at the time, intended to kill anyone.
“There’s no evidence pointing to the suspect’s intention to kill others, so we did not file this additional charge,” Police Gen. Pongsapat said.
He added that 52 witnesses will testify at the trial.
Jenphop, who like his father owns a luxury car company, is currently free on bail.