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Police conduct simulation of Chuwong's crash


CRIME Suppression Division investigators and forensic police yesterday conducted a crash simulation in response to suspicions over the death of construction tycoon Chuwong Saetang in a road accident in June.

Experts from King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok attended the simulation.
At Bangkok’s Novotel Bangna Hotel yesterday morning, police placed a crash dummy, reportedly the same size of Chuwong, in the front seat of a Lexus sedan.
They set up 15 cameras inside and outside the car to record the simulation while paper sheets and sensors were placed inside the vehicle to determine the impact points on the dummy.
The results of the simulation will be used to compare with results of Chuwong’s autopsy and photos taken of his body at Sirindhorn Hospital.
Police set the Lexus’s suspension, brake condition and tyre pressure as close as possible to the car involved in the accident.
The crash simulation was conducted at the scene of the accident between Soi Chalerm Phrai Kiat 48 and 50 in the Dokmai sub-district of Prawet district.
The car involved in the accident was driven by former deputy commerce minister Pol Lt-Colonel Banyin Tangpakorn.
Soon after the crash it emerged that more than Bt220 million in shares owned by Chuwong, who was 50 at the time of his death, had changed hands.
Before the crash simulation was conducted, Banyin’s son arrived to observe it.
He told reporters that his father was in another province and that he had not instructed him to witness the simulation.
He said he would record a video of it as evidence and he was not worried because he believed the simulation could not exactly duplicate the real event, such as the how the men were seated in the car and the road condition at the time of the accident.
The road was dry when the accident occurred but wet yesterday due to rain in the early morning.
The simulation started at 12.50pm in front of a large media contingent.
About an hour later, Chuwong’s son Kan Saetang and the lawyer Anek Khamchum arrived at the scene and observed the event quietly. They did not ask police questions.
Asked what the family would do if police ruled Chuwong’s death an accident, Anek said he didn’t want to speculate and that everything hinged on evidence.
He said the family was pleased arrest warrants had been issued as a result of share-transfer investigation and it was confident the truth would come out.
 

Published : September 28, 2015

By : Angsuma Sridokkham The Nation