Bangkok, Thailand – Police Sergeant Major Wichean Glanprasert was dragged along the road after being struck by the speeding Ferrari driven Red Bull Energy Drink heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya.
According to Yahoo News, the incident occurred before dawn on September 3, 2012, on a main street in Bangkok. Police followed a trail of brake fluid which led into the gated estate of Yoovidhya, who belongs to one of Thailand’s richest families.
Yet there has been no justice for Sergeant Major Glanprasert. Time after time, Yoovidhya’s prosecution on charges of Speeding, Hit and Run, and Deadly, Reckless Driving has been delayed when he hasn’t shown up for court, claiming through his attorney that he’s sick or out of the country on business.
So where has he been? Over 120 social media posts show that Yoovidhya has visited at least nine countries since Sergeant Major Glanprasert’s death. He cruises Monaco’s harbor, snowboards in Japan, celebrates his birthday in London, and leads a lavish lifestyle of freedom, supported by the billions from his family’s Red Bull fortune.
And the statute of limitations in Thailand runs out on the hit and run charge in September, 2017. The speeding charge has already expired.
Just weeks after the accident, the Associated Press discovered that Yoovidhya was back to enjoying his jet set world, courtesy of Red Bull, an energy drink co-founded by his grandfather. He has been seen flying around the world on Red Bull jets, cheers the Red-Bull sponsored Formula One racing team from Red Bull VIP seats, and keeps his custom Porsche Carrera with its special tag, B055 RBR (Boss Red Bull Racing,) in London.
Thailand is a country well known for the differences in classes. That is rarely more apparent than in the death of Sergeant Major Glanprasert, who never had the opportunities that Yoovidhya has had.
Sergeant Major Glanprasert, was the youngest of five children, the first to leave their coconut and palm farm, the first to graduate from college, and the first to get a government job. He paid for his parents’ medical care. Sergeant Major Glanprasert had no children of his own and had planned to send each of his brother’s children through college.
His family grieved but believed there would be justice because he was a police officer. Now they are not so sure.
They did accept a $100,000 settlement and agreed not to press criminal charges. The money remains in a bank, where the family refuses to touch it, and states that it is blood money.
The Bangkok Police Commissioner guaranteed that there would be justice after Sergeant Major Glanprasert’s murder.
Yoovidhya of course has had every excuse that the rich can come up with: he left the scene to go tell his father; his blood alcohol levels were high because he drank afterwards to calm his nerves. He also has the audacity to claim that the Police Officer’s motorcycle swerved in front of him, which of course the Police Officer cannot deny from his grave. His attorney continues to file petitions claiming ‘unfair treatment.’
His next court date is Thursday, March 30, 2017. There are more charges that Yoodvidhya could potentially face, but prosecutors refused charges and say that more investigation is needed.
Where is the justice for Police Sergeant Major Wichean Glanprasert? Where is the justice for his family?
I, for one, won’t be drinking any more Red Bull energy drinks. The blood of Sergeant Major Glanprasert is on every can of Red Bull, and I won’t be giving any of my money to that killer.
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