Some people still remember the Monday morning in September 3rd, 2012, when Vorayuth Yoovidhya, an heir to Thailand's Red Bull energy-drink fortune, allegedly sped down a Bangkok street in his silver Ferrari and crashed into a police officer on motorcycle patrol. The police officer died at the scene. Vorayuth, who goes by the nickname Boss, did not stop. He drove his battered sports car home.
When police detained Vorayuth, he admitted to hitting the officer, but said the man had darted in front of his Ferrari. He was released on bail and has been free for the past few years.
A few days only after the accident the Yoovidhya family paid the officer's siblings 3 million Baht to avoid a civil lawsuit.
An examination of the suspect's Ferrari allegedly showed that Yoovidhya was travelling at an average of 177 kilometres per hour at the time of the hit-and-run - with an error margin of ± 17km/h.
He was charged of reckless driving causing death of which the statute of limitation would last until 2027.
Vorayuth's alleged crime made headlines a few times when he failed to appear for an indictment hearing in Bangkok. According to his lawyers, Vorayuth had fallen ill or was on an important business trip in a foreign country.
About eight years from the accident, two new specialist witnesses
, police majors
, inspected the damage to the Ferrari and the victim's motorcycle, compared it to other accidents, and agreed the Ferrari could not have been travelling at 170km/h at the time of the crash and was not exceeding 80km/h.
Another specialist who is an university engineering lecturer
was brought in in 2017 to calculate the speed of both vehicles involved in the crash. He told investigators the Ferrari was likely travelling at 76.175km/h.
And in December last year (!), two other witnesses - among them an 'Air Marshal
' - were interviewed. They told investigators they were driving behind the suspect and the victim just before the accident happened.
In addition, three activists claim they have evidence that Vorayuth Yoovidhya had illegal chemical substances, including cocaine, in his system during his fatal hit-and-run, but these written records from the head of the Forensic Pathology programme at Mahidol University's Faculty of Medicine at Ramathibodi Hospital were never included in a police investigation file ....
PS. According to usually well-informed sources on the internet, the 'Air Marshal
' is connected to Prayut Chan-o-cha
and Prawit Wongsuwon
. The sources claim that 300 million Baht was donated to the government and the police, but Prayut Chan-o-cha
and Prawit Wongsuwon denied the allegations
If a person who staged the coup can grant himself immunity or a person who hid his assets under the pretext of a dead friend's watches, the Red Bull incident is just another classic case of the rotten Thai legal system being manipulated by Thailand's Elite.
What a coincidence: Khaosod English
reports that a key witness in 'Boss Red Bull'
case died on July 30th in accident.
For additional information please read:
- Bangkok Post: Thailand drops charges against Red Bull heir in deadly hit-and-run
- Bangkok Post: Red Bull scion free to return to Thailand
- Bangkok Post: Public fury as 'Boss' allowed to walk free
- Bangkok Post: OAG under pressure to break silence
- Bangkok Post: Police defend decision to revoke 'Boss' warrants
- Bangkok Post: OAG to look into decision to drop Red Bull scion charges
- Bangkok Post: Police panel to look into 'Boss' case in 15 days
- Bangkok Post: Prayut orders 'Boss' probe
- Bangkok Post: Red Bull distances itself from scion ‘Boss' after fatal case dropped
- Bangkok Post: Vorayuth 'had drugs in blood'
- Bangkok Post: 'Boss' case the rule not the exception
- Bangkok Post: New witnesses key to charges being dropped
- Bangkok Post: (New) Key witness in 'Boss' case dies
The family and relatives of the deceased said they knew nothing about his involvement in the high-profile case...
- Bangkok Post: Police officers have claimed that illicit chemical substances, including cocaine, found in Red Bull scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya were used for his dental treatment ...
- It becomes a comedy: Bangkok Post: Dentists reject police cocaine story in 'Boss' case ...
- Cocaine claim a misunderstanding: Bangkok Post: Cops back on Boss' trail ...
- Prosecutors 'worked in his favour': Bangkok Post: Activist urges Boss drugs probe
- Bangkok Post: Calls for reform following Boss case
- Bangkok Post: Boss saga a critical test for justice system
- Bangkok Post: Justice needs salvaging after fatal crash
- Bangkok Post: Cocaine, reckless driving charges for Red Bull scion
- Bangkok Post: Missing evidence 'implicates' Boss
- Bangkok Post: Vorayuth warrant still in place (!?)
- Bangkok Post: Prayut 'not OK' with past handling of 'Boss' case
- The farce continues: Bangkok Post: Deputy Attorney-General Nate Naksuk, who approved the dropping of the reckless driving charge, was a no-show at a hearing of a sub-panel examining the prosecutor's handling of the case
- Bangkok Post: Red Bull scion faces cocaine probe
- Bangkok Post: Deputy Attorney-General Nate Naksuk, who dismissed the causing death by reckless driving charge against Red Bull scion Vorayuth Yoovidhya, has tendered his resignation
- Bangkok Post: A member of a panel set up by the Office of the Attorney-General to review a public prosecutor's decision to drop Vorayuth Yoovidhya's charge faces himself hit-and-run and drink-driving accusations
- Bangkok Post: House grills Nate over 'Boss' move
- Bangkok Post: House panel chief unconvinced by officer's testimony to Boss inquiry
- Bangkok Post: Boss case shatters public confidence
- The Elite protects their accomplices Bangkok Post: Nate won't face 'Boss' case probe
- Bangkok Post: Police 'botched Boss report' Panel finds 20 officers negligent
- After the motorbike 'accident': Bangkok Post: Protection offered to key witness in Boss case
- Bangkok Post: Experts [now] agree 'Boss' really was speeding
- Bangkok Post: 'Surprising' new issues uncovered by 'Boss' probe
- Bangkok Post: Negligence in Boss case, admits PM
- Bangkok Post: The Royal Thai Police (RTP) will take legal action against 21 police officers accused of mishandling the fatal hit-and-run case of Red Bull scion Vorayuth Yoovidhya
- Bangkok Post: 'Boss' case panel makes 5 proposals
- Bangkok Post: Boss probe 'will be made public', all the findings will be revealed, PM says
- Bangkok Post: DSI mulls whether to go after 'Boss'
- Bangkok Post: Seven more years to prosecute 'Boss'
7 more years for the cops to get brown envelopes?
It is very clear that the Thai authorities are trying everything not to arrest him to make the words 'Thailand' and 'corruption' are synonymous (compiled from Bangkok Post readers comments)
- Bangkok Post: The government has set a seven-day deadline for state agencies whose officials are alleged to have been involved in the mishandling of the 2012 hit-and-run case involving Red Bull scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya to provide updates on their investigations
- Bangkok Post: Prosecutors to indict 'Boss' on cocaine, reckless driving charges
- Bangkok Post: Interpol issues 'red notice' for Red Bull scion over hit-and-run
- TwitLonger: Cocaine blues for the clowns in brown
- Police informed Vorayuth by mail that prosecutors had dropped the last charge against him, but The Nation Thailand: reports that ‘Boss’ case not yet closed
- The Nation Thailand:
Police insist key witness in ‘Boss’ case died in an accident
- The Nation Thailand:
Corruption, conspiracy in 'Boss' case: Inquiry report
- The Nation Thailand:
PM orders Thai police to work with Interpol to bring Boss home
- The Nation Thailand:
Police to contact UAE embassy after reports fugitive Vorayuth lives in Dubai
- Khaosod English: 'Experts' Disagree on 'Boss Red Bull' Wreck
- Khaosod English: Police Rule Out Foul Play in Boss Red Bull Witness’ Death
- Khaosod English: Police said a court approved a new arrest warrant for Vorayuth 'Boss' Yoovidhya over his fatal crash in 2012
- Khaosod English: A celebrity lawyer said an ongoing investigation into a billionaire scion who killed a policeman with his Ferrari in 2012 is politically motivated, and should be halted immediately
- Khaosod English: Police To Remount 'Boss Red Bull' Extradition Effort
- Khaosod English: PM Admits Mishandlings in 'Boss Red Bull' Case, Threatens Actions
- Leaked convo reveals bid to let 'Boss Red Bull' off the hook Khaosod English: A prosecutor and two senior policemen ordered their officers to rework a key evidence that eventually led to dropping all charges against the billionaire heir of Red Bull
On September 8th Dictator Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) still declare the full report a state secret ...
- A must read report! Khaosod English:
Police to Slap ‘Boss Red Bull’ With New Interpol Red Notice
The Red Notice on Vorayuth appears to be taken down in 2018,, 2 years before the prosecutors dropped charges against the billionaire in July 2020 ...
- Khaosod English:
Real or Fake? Cops Show Interpol Notice for ‘Boss Red Bull’
- The Thaiger:
Where’s Boss? Wanted Red Bull heir spotted in Dubai
- PNF: The Red Bull Farce, a short timeline
Another killer driver, a luxury car import company heir, is seeking parole:
Bangkok Post: Minister claims killer driver qualified for parole
Bangkok Post: Victims' families shocked by convict's parole bid