Sixteen-year-old Yen Khun Mey, who was driving the Range Rover that hit a motorbike killing a top scholarship student last week, was remanded into custody in Phnom Penh’s Police Judiciaire (PJ) prison on Friday after being charged with death by dangerous driving.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday afternoon charged Khun Mey, also known as Mana, with driving without due care and attention resulting in the death of another, as stated under Article 85 of the Law on Road Traffic, and placed her in pre-trial detention.
According to court documents obtained by The Post on Sunday signed by Investigating Judge Bun Thy and dated Friday, Khun Mey, from the capital’s Boeung Keng Kang I commune in Chamkarmon district, was charged under the article’s Section 1.
Section 1 states that an offender can be imprisoned for between one and three years and fined between four and 15 million riel ($1,000-$3,750) for negligent driving with a lack of attention in violation of the obligations as required under the law and resulting in the death of others.
Section 2 of the same article states that if an offender escapes the scene of the incident to avoid being held responsible, he or she will be subject to two to five years in prison and face a fine of between 10 and 25 million riel ($2,500-$6,250).
On Tuesday, a collision between a Range Rover and a motorcycle moving in the opposite direction at the corner of streets 528 and 317 in Tuol Kork district resulted in the death of 22-year-old Dum Rida, Phnom Penh traffic police said.
Dum Rida, a scholarship student at Paragon International University, passed away at the scene, while the driver of the SUV fled.
Dum Vann Neath, Rida’s older sister, demanded the family of Khun Mey pay $200,000 compensation to her and pay for scholarships to 23 poor students around the age of the victim to promote higher education.
She also called on the driver to visit the victim’s grave to ask for forgiveness and requested the court follow full legal procedure.
Dum Rida was considered an excellent Khmer literature student and won a scholarship to Paragon International University, previously known as Zaman.
Her death was a blow to the entire nation, said the university’s honorary president.
“The death of Dum Rida is not only the loss of a beloved daughter and sister but also the loss of an excellent student for the school and a loss for the country,” Eang Sophalleth said.