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British expat Danny Glass has denied the charge of reckless driving causing death for the motorbike accident that killed his long-term partner Sophie Anderson and is calling for donations to help fund his legal defence.
Ms Anderson, who was six months pregnant, was riding pillion on a motorbike when she spilled onto Thepkrasattri Rd in Thalang and was crushed by an 18-wheeled truck on May 8, leaving her 5-year-old son Shaye without his mother.
The driver of the truck – Nattawoot Kimchue, 30, from Phang Nga Province – initially fled the scene but later surrendered himself to police. He was also charged with reckless driving by Thalang police on Saturday.
“The police are trying to give me a charge of reckless driving, which I do not agree with whatsoever, because I was driving under the speed limit… I was driving in a straight line. I wasn’t doing anything illegal on the bike. So yeah, it is a wrong accusation that I have refused as of yesterday…” Mr Glass explained on his YouTube channel on Sunday.
“It was an accident. It was not the driver’s fault that he ran her over, it was an accident on his side and on my side. No one is to blame. It was just one of those freak accidents that happen,” Mr Glass said.
To fight the charge, Mr Glass appealed for public support to help fund his legal defence.
“Any amount of money helps,” he said. “Please help me. I really need your help.”
An appeal page has been set up on YouCaring.com with a target of raising £7,000 (more than B300,000) to pay for legal fees.
As of today May 31, the appeal had raised £1,275 (just over B56,000).
Meanwhile, Lt Col Sanit Nookong of the Thalang Police confirmed to The Phuket News yesterday (May 30) that police are still in the process of compiling the case file.
“We have yet to complete the case file before sending it to the Public Prosecutor. Then the Public Prosecutor will decide if it goes to court,” he explained.
“No bail was required. We are holding his (Mr Glass’s) passport and we are confident Mr Glass will keep his word and not run away,” Col Sanit added.
To make a donation to Mr Glass on the YouCaring.com website, click here.