The lorry driver involved in the collision that killed round-the-world cyclist Juan Francisco Guillermo has reportedly been fined 7,500 Thai Bhats, the equivalent of just £143, and escaped jail.

Guillermo died after being hit by 64-year-old truck driver Thiwarat Chaipidet in Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima province in February; just eight months before he was scheduled to finish a five-year record attempt.

Chaipidet admitted reckless driving at the province’s Bua Yai court, where the judge sentenced him to a fine and a one-year suspended prison sentence. The sentence and fine were half of the original tariff due to the defendant’s admission.

The cyclist was attempting to set a new Guinness World Record for cycling 250,000 miles across five continents. His Singaporean wife and two-year-old son were also cycling near him at the time and were injured in the crash.

“It was an accident caused by the driver’s recklessness. The road was straight and the cyclist was in his own lane,” said police Col Torsak Thammingmongkol at the time of the incident.

Source: Coconuts Bangkok


  • ian franklin

    If you research what happens in Thailand then you may find the answer to your question.

  • iggymontonero

    Most of cyclist killers in UK don’t go to jail and are not even fined. What is your point again?

  • Antony Bell

    Unfortunately, what is said above is correct. Life here is way too cheap and with no effective police force to rein people in. No driving education, so young guys just think it’s ok to drive like it’s Gran tourismo. This is
    not the place to come for a cycling holiday, it really isn’t!

  • ian franklin

    Yes, welcome to Thailand. This is a country that people admire from afar, the lovely ladies, the ‘wais’, the sweet smiles, the gentle Buddhism. But those of us who live here can tell you that the truth is absolutely opposed to the smiley image. This is a corrupt country with an undercurrent of violence where people smile whilst stabbing you in the back. If the killer of the cyclist had been a hi-so person it wouldn’t have even got to court. Why? Because the police would have received money to just hush the whole thing up. This is a corrupt and dishonest country with officials who are all on the make and a general population who are to scared to question authority. Welcome to Thailand and avoid it for your holidays – avoid like the plague. And RiP the cyclists who have been killed in the past year.