After Pattaya-area police freed the bodies trapped in the front of what was once a pickup truck, they took a look at the speedometer: 140 kilometers an hour.
The meter stuck at fatal velocity at the silver pickup driven by Teerawut Kedbut. 31, plowed into the back of an 18-wheeled big-rig on Sukhumvit Road outside the Chonburi resort city. He was dead on impact. His 17-year-old passenger Sarawut Butin was sent to the hospital in serious condition.
Like so many – perhaps the majority – of the fatal accidents on Thailand’s deadly roads, the accident was entirely avoidable. Teerawut and an unidentified friend had been racing down the busy highway in Banglamung District after midnight.
The friend later told police the three had been out eating barbecued pork. No mention of alcohol was made, although tests were done later, but it was Saturday night, late. You guess whether three Thai men had been drinking before driving home and deciding play F1 driver.
Truck driver Cha Sawadwong, 51, said he saw the two maniacs swerving and jostling in traffic in his rear-view mirror. There was nothing he could do to avoid being hit.
Teerawut knew it, too: The skid mark he left behind was 200 meters long.
The original version of this story first appear in the Pattaya Mail, a Bangkok Herald partner.