Red Bull Heir Avoids Civil Suit With $100K Payoff

by Nate Wooley | September 26, 2012 10:37 am

Red Bull has more to worry about these days than just the competition from Monster Energy (NASDAQ:MNST[1]).

The family of Vorayuth Yoovidhya, heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune, has reached a settlement with the family of a Bangkok police officer who Yoovidha hit with his car. The London Evening Standard is reporting that Yoovidha’s family offered the police officer’s family approximately 3 million baht ($97,000) to avoid a civil suit.

According to ABC News[2], Yoovidha is charged with driving his $1 million Ferrari drunk and striking the officer then dragging his body through the streets. He’s still facing criminal charges of causing a death through reckless driving and fleeing to avoid arrest. He faces up to 10 years in jail and a fine of just over $650.

According to the Associated Press[3], prosecutors are waiting on forensic tests to decide whether more charges should be added to the complaint.

Endnotes:
  1. MNST: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MNST
  2. ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/red-bull-family-reaches-hit-run-settlement-17326375
  3. Associated Press: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_THAILAND_RED_BULL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-09-26-07-47-17

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