Smash 'killed climbing dream'

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 September, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 September, 1999, 12:00am

A policeman is suing a driver for unspecified damages for shattering his dream of launching an outdoor adventure school.

Lok Wai-keung, 43, a rock-climbing instructor with the Hong Kong Rock Climbing Union, was 'thrown forwards from [his] motorcycle' when struck by a van on Hiram's Highway, Sai Kung.

Chan Man-nung was driving his van towards Sai Kung town and cut into the Kowloon-bound lane on which Mr Lok was riding his motorcycle on the morning of January 6, 1997.

He pleaded guilty in San Po Kong Court on May 21, 1997, to careless driving.

The incident gave Mr Lok multiple bruising, torn muscles in his chest and injuries to his knees, right ankle and right wrist. He also fractured a cheekbone and injured his spine.

In a writ lodged with the High Court, lawyers for Mr Lok said Mr Chan had been driving negligently.

'The plaintiff was a very active man before the accident,' the writ says.

'The plaintiff is no longer able to enjoy mountain climbing and rock climbing as before and he can no longer carry a heavy rucksack,' his lawyers said.

Neck problems such as stiffness and occasional dizziness when turning his head meant that he 'will probably be unable' to open an outdoor adventure training school and be an instructor, the writ says.