Appeals Court reduces compensation for victims’ families in Praewa road carnage case

The Appeals Court has ordered a substantial cut of the amount of compensation ordered by the Civil Court to be paid to families of nine road accident victims by family of Ms Orachorn “Preaewa” Dhephasdin na Ayudhya.

In a ruling read by the Civil Court on Wednesday, the Appeals Court reduced the amount of compensation from 30 million baht to 19 million baht to be paid to the families of the nine victims, claiming that the fatal accident was not only the fault of Ms Praewa, but also the fault of the van driver for speeding although the speeding was not the direct cause of the accident.

The court also ordered the family of the van driver to pay 120,000 baht in compensation to the families of the deceased passengers.

The fatal accident took place on the Don Muang tollway in 2010 when Ms Praewa smashed her car into the van, sending it to tumble down the road below from the elevated tollway. The van driver and eight passengers were killed and four other passengers were seriously injured, but Ms Praewa escaped unhurt.

After having heard the Appeals Court’s ruling, families of the victims said they would meet soon to discuss whether they should appeal the ruling to the higher court.