Red Bull Heir Hit and Run Trial Postponed – Again: The Rich Don’t Go to Jail in Thailand

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Hit and run trial of Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya postponed again because he’s ‘sick’

The hit and run, and death by negligence, trial of Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya has been postponed again. This time for the fifth time.


Because according to his lawyers the young, rich, heir to the Red Bull fortune, who allegedly killed a Thai police officer last year while driving around Bangkok in his Ferrari while drunk, is sick — too sick to appear in court it seems.

All I can say is, pull the other one it’s got bells on it.

Why was Vorayuth Yoovidhya charged with hit and run, and death by negligence?

The situation began when 27-year-old Vorayuth Yoovidhya left a Bangkok nightclub apparently drunk and high on coke and attempted to drive his Ferrari home.

On the way Vorayuth slammed his Ferrari into a police officer, Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert, who was on his motorbike and on the way to a burglary call.

Vorayuth’s car dragged him down the street until his body and motorbike fell from under the car. Vorayuth then fled home and tried to hide the Ferrari, so that police could not find it and accuse him of killing the policeman.

Police, however, were easily able to follow the tracks of blood and leaking oil to the Yoovidhya home where the Ferrari was found with a smashed front end, deployed air bags and blood spatters.

Vorayuth Yoovidhya was arrested and eventually charged with hit and run, and death by negligence.

Since then, however, it has been one excuse after another as to why this 27-year-old extremely rich man cannot appear in court.

Meanwhile, the widow of Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert waits to get some justice.

Unfortunately, as any Thai and most westerners who live in Thailand know, the rich rarely seem to go to jail in Thailand — not even when they kill someone.

And, as the statue of limitations on the speeding charge runs out on September 3rd and his lawyers are asking for a continuance until September 2nd, which of course will very likely be ‘postponed’ again for another thin reason, Yoovidhya will probably get off scot-free.