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A 45-year-old rescue volunteer was killed by a speeding pickup truck while directing traffic at an accident scene in Sriracha. The pickup driver was returning from a New Year’s company party. He admitted being drunk to the police, and said he did not see the volunteer standing on the road.

SRIRACHA – December 16, 2012 [PDN]; a report of a vehicle collision resulting in a fatality was received by Pol. Maj. Theeraphol Kijjayakanon, inspector police on duty, Borwin police station, Amphur Sriracha, Chonburi province.

The incident occurred on the road route 331 in front of Borwin condominium, entrance side to Baan Beung, Moo 6 Tambon Borwin, Amphur Sriracha, Chonburi province.

A volunteer rescuer had been hit and killed by a speeding pickup truck while directing traffic at an accident scene. The victim was identified as Mr. Therdsak Khammeun, age 45, a volunteer rescuer of Siltharm Baan Beung, Borwin point, Amphur Sriracha.

Arriving at the scene, police discovered three damaged rescue vehicles of Siltharm Baan Beung that had been also hit by the pickup truck. The three vehicles still had their emergency lights on. Each vehicle was severely damaged in the front and back ends.

Nearby was the pickup truck involved in the collisions, a black Isuzu Dmax. The SUV truck’s front end was severely damaged. The driver of the truck was identified as Mr. Sutthiphong Seubmart age 27, who works for a company in the Pluak Daeng industrial estate in Rayong province.

Mr. Sutthiphong was still drunk, along with his passengers in the truck, so the men were detained by police for questioning.The consultant of the volunteer rescuers, Mr. Nattakit Teawprasert, described to police what happened. He said that there had been a minor accident when a rescue car collided with a motorbike. There were only minor injuries, so rescue workers were treating the victims at the scene.

Meanwhile, 3 rescue cars had turned on their emergency lights to slow approaching traffic. Then the volunteer rescuer Mr. Therdsak stood nearby on the road to direct cars past the accident scene. However the speeding pickup truck driven by Mr. Sutthiphong collided violently with Mr. Therdsak and instantly killed him. The pickup truck then rammed into the three parked rescue cars. No other rescue officers were injured.

The pickup driver Mr. Sutthiphong suffered minor injuries, and he was restrained by the rescue officers for the police to investigate.

Speaking of the victim, Mr. Nattakit said that Mr. Therdsak was a new volunteer who started working only 6 months ago. He was a very diligent worker, and would go out to help for every incident, and everyone loved him.

His friends are heartbroken, and said this should not have happened to a nice man like Mr. Therdsak. He was always caring and wanting to assist other people very much. He never got tired or discouraged about helping others as much as he could.

But Mr. Therdsak finally was a victim of the drunken driver who drove carelessly and killed him. So Mr. Nattakit would like the police to prosecute the drunken driver according to the law as much as possible.

During questioning by police, the pickup driver Mr. Sutthiphong said he and his companions had gotten drunk at a New Year’s company party in the Pluak Daeng industrial estate.

While returning back home, Mr. Sutthhiphong was driving at a high speed when he approached the accident scene with the rescue cars. Mr. Sutthiphong said he did not see Mr. Therdsak standing on the road to direct traffic. So he hit him with his truck and then collided with the rescue cars.

Mr. Sutthiphone said he feels so sorry, and accepts his fault for causing the terrible accident, which he truly wished had never happened. He said he would like to apologize to every rescue officer and the relatives of the man he killed.

Rescue officers transported the body of Mr. Therdsak to Laem Chabang hospital to perform an autopsy.

Police restrained Mr. Sutthiphong to let the doctor check for alcohol content in his blood level. They will investigate again to prosecute him according to the law.

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First, let me state so sad. RIP volunteer.


So what is the penalty for drunk driving (with manslaughter) in Thailand, anyone know? Will the passengers who also were drunk be punished also?


Just some interesting reading from web... (take with grain of salt of course... ) Finland / Sweden punishment may deter some driving drunk; but I think El Salvador probably has the best solution to repeat offenders!



Drunk Driving Penalties in other Countries




The names of the drivers are sent to the local newspapers and are printed under the heading "He's Drunk and in Jail".


The Driver is jailed and if married, his wife is jailed too.

South Africa

A 10 year prison sentence and the equivalent of a $10,000.00 fine


Drunk drivers are taken 20 miles outside of town by police and are forced to walk back under escort


Three weeks in jail at hard labor, one year loss of license. Second offense within five years, license revoked for life.

Finland & Sweden

Automatic jail for one year of hard labor

Costa Rica

Police remove plates from car


License revoked for life


One year suspension and a $250.00 fine and jail for one year


Three year loss of license, one year in jail and a $1000.00 fine


Jail, fine and forced to attend lectures


A second conviction results in execution

El Salvador

Your first offense is your last---execution by firing squad

" Remember, no matter where you go, there you are " - Confucius

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