The authorities in the US are calling on a Thai woman who fled to Bangkok after she struck and killed a student with her car to turn herself in. Tubtim “Sue” Howson, a US citizen, fled the scene after the incident in Michigan, in which 22 year old Benjamin Kable died.
According to a Coconuts report, at around 6am on New Year’s Day, Howson struck the Michigan State University student with her BMW, before fleeing the scene. Mr Kable subsequently died and on January 3, Howson fled the US on a flight to Bangkok.
Michigan state sheriff Michael Bouchard has begun the extradition process and is urging Howson to turn herself in at the US Embassy in Bangkok.
“Come back, go to the American Embassy in Thailand, do the right thing. You know things got worse because you left the country. You know extra charges were applied because you didn’t stop at the scene.”
The victim’s father, Mike Kable, has expressed disbelief at Howson’s actions following the death of his son, who was studying electrical engineering.
“Just the lack of empathy and humanity it would take and then to just plot your getaway. All we can do is cross our fingers that we get some justice.”
Meanwhile, Thai police say they have not taken any action as they have yet to receive an extradition request. In the US, a felony arrest warrant has been issued for Howson, for failing to stop at the scene of a fatal crime. Authorities say she could face additional charges as a result of fleeing prosecution.