Red Bull Heir Avoids Civil Suit With $100K Payoff

The 27-year-old still faces criminal charges in a fatal crash

By Nate Wooley, InvestorPlace Writer

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

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, 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, prosecutors are waiting on forensic tests to decide whether more charges should be added to the complaint.

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