Thailand Orders Red Bull Heir’s Alleged Hit and Run Re-Investigation

(Above photo) Red Bull heir grandson’s Vorayuth Yoovidhy and the the Ferrari allegedly involved in a hit-and-run incident in 2012. Photo by AFP/Getty Images


According to the Guardian, Thailand’s attorney general has ordered a fresh investigation into the heir to the Red Bull fortune,  Vorayuth Yoovidhy, following public anger over a decision to drop previous charges relating to alleged hit and run, killing of police officer in 2012, were dropped last month.

Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, the grandson of the Red Bull co-founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, was accused of crashing his Ferrari into a police officer in 2012 and dragging his body for dozens of meters before fleeing the scene.

At the time, investigators followed a trail of brake fluid that led from the site of the crash to a home in one of Bangkok’s wealthy neighborhood, where Vorayuth’s damaged car was parked.

The case has faced constant delays, with Vorayuth, who was 27 at the time of the crash, missing eight summonses to appear in court. Last month, police said the charges against him were being dropped, citing new evidence, a decision that provoked anger and was seen by many as proof that the rich and influential can evade justice.

A spokesman cited new evidence relating to the speed at which Vorayuth was driving prior to the crash, previously said to have been about 50mph. According to an expert opinion previously not included in the police report, Vorayuth is alleged to have driven at about 105mph.

“This case is not over because the law says if there is new evidence, we are able to proceed,” Prayut Phetkun, the office’s deputy spokesman said.

Source: The Guardian