New reports acquits hit and run driver that killed four Swedes


It was a mechanical failure that caused the car accident that killed four young Swedes from Varberg in Thailand more than a year ago.

The driver of the oncoming car has had his prison sentence suspended.

The four Swedes aged 21-22 years were on holiday in Thailand and had taken an illegal taxi to go out and snorkel early in the morning on February 1, last year.

On the road north of Phuket, a car whose driver lost control, drove into a ditch in the middle of the road. The car then flew further up on the wrong road and landed straight on the Swedes’ car. All four and their driver were killed instantly. The driver in the oncoming car slipped from the scene but turned himself into police after two days.

At the trial in August reports showed that a wheel had come loose from the truck. The 27-year-old driver still chose to plead guilty to reckless driving. He was sentenced to four years in prison but only had to serve two because he had confessed.

This week, a spokesperson for the Swedish Embassy in Thailand announced to Thai media that the driver had his two-year sentence commuted to a suspended sentence and that he therefore has been released.


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