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Public angry after Red Bull owner's accident case dropped in Thailand!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 • Tamil Comments

In an unexpected turn, Thailand's attorney general has ordered a new investigation into the heir to the Red Bull energy drink, after the hit-and-run case of killing of a policeman was dropped. Prosecutors have claimed that there are new evidences which show Vorayuth Yoovidhaya driving faster and was suspected to have been under influence of cocaine and requested to reopen the case.

It must be noted that the previous charges against Vorayuth were dropped last month, which lead to massive public outrage. Vorayuth who's the heir of Red Bull energy drink had been accused of hitting the police officer with his car leading to his death in 2012. Police Sergeant-Major Wichian Klanprasert was riding his motorbike in Bangkok when he was hit by Vorayuth's Ferrari, dragging his body more than 100m down the road, and the the car drove off from the spot.

The Red Bull heir did not meet police to face the charges of reckless driving causing death, and his lawyers denied the allegations. He fled from Thailand in 2017 and his whereabouts are unknown. In July, Thailand officials announced that dropping of all charges against the 38-year-old and this announcement lead to anger among public following which the police, government and attorney general's office have announced further investigation. In a press conference held yesterday, the Thailand Attorney General's Office said that with the new evidence available, the case could be reopened. They have mentioned that the speed of the Ferrari at the time of the accident was earlier reported to be at 80km/h (50 mph), but now it has been found that the speed was close to 170km/h, which is a new evidence according to the law. Besides, Vorayuth also faces new charge of drug use as his blood tests after the accident has traces of cocaine. Vorayuth is the grandson of Chaleo Yoovidhaya, who co-founded Red Bull.

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