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Cabbie admits fatal hit-and-run of British woman

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A taxi driver wanted for a fatal hit-and-run in Bangkok's Soi Sathorn 3 (Soi Suan Phlu), which killed a British woman and seriously injured her friend at 4am yesterday, turned himself in to Thung Mahamek police. He was later released on bail of Bt100,000.

British woman Joanna Helen McKiddie, 29, was killed instantly, while her friend from Scotland Lauren Tobiasen Hughes, 26, suffered a broken hip and bruises.

Cabbie Rungreuthai Phosri, 31, who surrendered at 6.30am, was charged with driving recklessly leading to others' death and injury and fleeing the scene. He claimed he was driving at 70-80kmh in the rain with a passenger when the two women suddenly crossed in front of him, so he couldn't brake and had to swerve to the left, hence the taxi's right side hit them. He said he stopped 50 metres from the spot, while his passenger jumped out to take another cab.



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