Top cop’s son crashes Porsche into motorbike, driver is killed

BANGKOK: A Pakistani refugee was killed when a sports car driven by the son of a former deputy national police chief rammed his motorcycle early yesterday (March 12), police said.

Investigators are examining the scene of the crash where a Porsche sports car collided with a motorbike near the Taksin Bridge in Bangkok early yesterday (March 12). Photo: Nakhon 002, FM91 Trafficpro via Bangkok Post

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S driven by Pornmet Songmetta, son of Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta, crashed into the Yamaha Fino motorcycle driven by Waseem Ahmad near the Taksin Bridge in Bangkok around 1 a.m., said Pol Capt Thamnong Montha, deputy inspector at the Samrae police station. .

The 40-year-old motorcyclist later succumbed to his head injuries at Taksin Hospital, reports the Bangkok Post.

Pornmet suffered head and face injuries from contact with the steering wheel and was treated at Suksawat Hospital.

Following his treatment, he presented himself to the police and admitted that he had made a sudden lane change prior to the incident. Police were awaiting the results of his blood alcohol test and medical examination, Pol Capt Thamnong said.

The police were to charge him with reckless driving causing death.

Pornmet, 29, is an executive at Absolute Clean Energy, a renewable energy company listed on the SET100 index. His family is the main shareholder of the company. Forbes magazine estimated Pol Gen Wirachai’s net worth at US$585 million (19.4 billion baht) after the IPO in November 2019.

Pol Gen Wirachai was due to return to his post in October last year after a court overturned his dismissal a year earlier over the leaking of a sensitive recording.

In the call, former national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda is heard ordering Pol Gen Wirachai to avoid an investigation into a shooting that targeted fellow police figure Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn.

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