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16 year old Thananbavorn Durongpan, also known as Lotus, was driving his motorbike along the Patak Road near Chalong Circle in Phuket at just after 1am on the night of the 5th of April when he was struck and killed when a black Vios made a sharp U-turn near the Shell petrol station and crashed into him.
The driver of the car was Russian Larisa Kim, aged 40, Ms. Muratova was a passenger in the car, Mrs. Kim’s husband was following behind in another car, all three were on their way to a party at their friend Anne’s house.
Ms. Muratova told police that the boy was not wearing a helmet when Mrs. Kim hit him and that she sped off after the collision. Police officers went to the house in Chalong that was rented by Mr. and Mrs. Kim after the incident where they found the car but neither one of them were at home. The police took the car to the police station as part of the investigation and found damage on the vehicle that matched the description of the accident.
The police immigration in Phuket have confirmed to local paper The Phuket Gazette that Larisa Kim and her husband Valentin left Thailand on the night of the 5th of April. Ms. Ekaterina Muratova, 29, also left the country on the 5th of April, although it has not been confirmed that she left on the same flight as Mr. and Mrs. Kim.
Ms. Muratova’s departure from Thailand has caused outrage among Chalong residents who staged a protest in front of the Villa Market shopping centre on April 9th and demanded to know why a prime suspect was permitted to return to her home country of Russia before an investigation had been completed.
Capt Thada said “I told them that Ms. Muratova was only witness, not a suspect and therefore she was permitted to go home. Everything was made clear to them, and I promised that I would track down the suspects and bring justice for the grieving family”.