The husband is unemployed due to COVID-19.
When: December 4th, 2020
Where: Chatuchak district, Bangkok
Perpetrators: Unnamed bus driver of Bus 39
Victims: Mrs. Duangjai
What: On October 15th, 2020, a tragic accident took the life of Mrs. Duangjai, the wife of a man who has now set up a tribute in the middle of a busy intersection of Bangkok’s Chatuchak district. At the midnight hour of December 4th, 2020, the deceased’s husband, Mr. Chokchai Bai Pruek, 36, laid down a humble mat with a photo of his wife and a sign that called for justice.
The accident in October involved a bus that hit Mrs. Duangjai as she was going to work on a motorbike driven by her 17 year old son. The bus hit the motorcycle, flipping it over, and the bus repeatedly drove over the Mrs. Duangjai’s body, and she died at the scene.
Mrs. Duangjai’s husband is now seeking justice as there has been no court ruling or settlement for funeral costs and loss of life. It is reported that Mr. Chokchai is currently unemployed as an electrician due to the COVID-19 economic devastation.
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My take: Thais know how to pluck at the heart strings to achieve something. We don’t know the full motivations of the deceased’s husband, but his approach has caught my attention. Setting up a humble mat and memorial for his wife at a busy intersection is sure to draw attention to his cause. I wish him the best.