Manuela Ruiz, 31, the senior creative director for the Daily mail working in their New York branch has died on a holiday to Thailand.
The 31-year-old was killed instantly when out walking with a friend in Bangkok on November 25 when she was hit by a 24-year-old female driver whilst crossing a street, the driver was arrested by Bangkok Police at the scene.
The driver of the car was identified by the Daily Mail as Ying Treenapongnukul a student at the Rangsit University.
It was reported that Miss Ruiz’s family are devout Christians who spoke with Ying following the tragic accident and forgave her for the accident and said that they did not wish to press charges.
Ruiz’s sister said they were not pressing charges as they knew it was an accident and because there was no alcohol involved.
However Thai laws are such that Ying is still facing a lengthy jail sentence as a result of the accident.
Ying spoke to members of Ruiz’s family via telephone and Ruiz’s aunt in person at the police station where she is being held and asked for the forgiveness of the family.
The aunt and brother-in-law of the deceased flew to Thailand to collect her remains following a cremation ceremony which was held in Bangkok, her ashes will now be taken back to Columbia, a further funeral service will be held there next week.
As yet the driver has not been charged but it is expected that she will be charged with recklessness causing death which carries a jail term of up to 10 years and or a fine of 200,000 baht, however in some cases involving accidents and first time offenses the sentence can be negotiated.
Friends and family members said they will remember Ruiz for her crazy personal style and for her love of traveling.
This tragic accident highlights just how careful everyone needs to be on the roads here in the kingdom.
Source : Coconuts
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