By Teeranai Charuvastra
AYUTTHAYA — Businessman Jenphop Viraporn was indicted yesterday for the fiery crash that killed two graduate students on an Ayutthaya highway.
Two months after the accident drew nationwide attention and accusations of delayed justice, the 37-year-old millionaire now stands accused of eight charges before the court, including vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.
“This case is a case that the public is very interested in,” prosecutor Yongyuth Kiattisakdisophon was quoted in media reports. “Every related agency in the justice system has pursued this case with special [care], because of the attention from the public.”
On March 13, Jenphop slammed his Mercedes-Benz into the back of a Ford at high speed – investigators said he was going at 250 kilometer per hour – and killed two graduate students inside the vehicle, Krissana Thaworn and Thantapat Horsaengchai.
The charges Jenphop now faces include fatal reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and refusal to comply with law enforcement officers. The two latter charges stem from Jenphop’s declining to be tested for sobriety in the aftermath of the crash.
The most serious charges carry maximum penalties of 10 years each. Jenphop was not present at Friday’s hearing and has yet to enter a plea.