Home General Crime

Entitled Thai Cop on Ducati Runs Down Young Doctor, Flees Scene

Ophthalmologist Waraluck Supwatjariyakul, left, died after being struck by the Ducati motorcycle driven by Pol. Lance Cpl. Norawit Buadok.
Ophthalmologist Waraluck Supwatjariyakul, left, died after being struck by the Ducati motorcycle driven by Pol. Lance Cpl. Norawit Buadok.

Outrage surged online Sunday after the driver of a Ducati motorcycle who killed a doctor at a Bangkok pedestrian crossing was identified as a Thai police officer.

Ophthalmologist Waraluck Supwatjariyakul was killed Friday afternoon while crossing Phya Thai Road in front of Bhumirajanagarindra Kidney Institute Hospital. Cars had stopped to allow her to cross, but witnesses reported that a “big bike” driven at high speed ran kept going, hitting the young woman. She died at the scene.

In typical Thai fashion, the cowardly hit-and-run driver ditched his smashed red Ducati and fled the scene on foot. Waraluck’s family on Saturday put out an urgent call for dashcam video of the accident or witnesses who could identify the driver.

He was identified today as Pol. Lance Cpl. Norawit Buadok. He suffered only minor injuries. He reported to police Sunday and allegedly confessed. He was charged with reckless driving causing death.

Netizens responded with the usual outrage about Thailand’s young, rich and entitled selfishly doing what they want at the expense of others, especially police who, at best, are criminals in uniform in Thailand.

It didn’t help that the photo captured of Norawit mirrored that of young, wealthy teenager Orachorn “Praewa” Thephasadin Na Ayudhya who, in 2010, drove her car into a Thammasat University van killing nine people and then was photographed scrolling Facebook.

She became a symbol of the wealthy and powerful avoiding jail after committing serious crimes when she received only community service as punishment.

Waraluck was one of 26 people killed and 1,711 injured on Thailand’s roads on Friday alone. More than three quarters of those deaths involved motorcycles. Thailand is the Top 5 of the deadliest places in the world to drive or, apparently, walk.