Justice sought for mysterious shot which killed a driver at a road checkpoint

The relatives of a man who was shot dead while driving past a road checkpoint in Mae Suai district of Chiang Rai province on Tuesday night (Jan 2) has sought justice from the police and an investigation into the mysterious shot.

Sirirat Yaebiang, the girlfriend of the dead victim, Mr Sornchai Sathitdamrong, 35, told the media that she was sitting next to Sornchai who was driving on their way from Ban Huey Nam Khun, Mae Suai district, to Chiang Mai on Tuesday night.

Ms Sirirat, Sornchai’s girlfriend.

She said that they drove past a road checkpoint at about 8.30 pm and Sornchai did not stop the car for a check because authorities manning the checkpoint did not tell them to stop.

But as the car was about 10 metres from the checkpoint, she said she heard a thud of what appeared to be a gunshot and then she saw Sornchai’s head bend backward and the car engine accelerated before the car smashed into a roadside power pole.

Rescue workers and military personnel later arrived at the scene and rushed Sornchai to the district hospital, but he was already dead before arriving there.

Mr Chirasak Damrongchokchaikul, a lawyer of the victim’s family, told the media that the family would wait from an autopsy report from the hospital to determine the cause of the death.

He, however, stressed that someone must be held accountable if the victim died of gunshot.

Chiang Rai provincial police commander, Pol Maj-Gen Yutthachai Puaprasert, said he had already instructed police in the area to investigate.