The mother of a 22 year old student who died in a hit-and-run incident in the US state of Michigan has praised Thai police for helping to bring the alleged perpetrator to justice. Ben Kable, an electrical engineering student at Michigan State University, died in the early hours of New Year’s Day, when he was struck by a vehicle being driven by Thai-American, Tubtim “Sue” Howson.
Howson then absconded to Thailand, initially staying in Chon Buri. On February 10, she relocated to the western province of Ratchaburi as news of the hit-and-run and her subsequent disappearance made global headlines. She was arrested in Ratchaburi and arrangements were made to return her to the US to face justice.
Howson was wanted in the US on a charge of failing to stop at the scene of a fatal accident and the authorities have stated that she may face additional charges for her attempt to flee prosecution.
Mr Kable was home for the end-of-year holidays when he was struck by Howson’s car in the early hours of New Year’s Day. His mother, Stacey Kable, says the family is relieved that justice will be served. She has praised the Thai police for tracking down and arresting Howson, who was accompanied by police officers on her flight back to the US and met by the FBI on arrival.
“We are very happy and relieved that Ben will finally get some justice. Mrs. Howson needs to be held accountable for her actions. We are grateful to the Thai people and the Thai national police for their involvement and help. They are wonderful!”