HK$4,000 fine for jaywalker's death
A Kowloon City Bus driver has been fined HK$4,000 and disqualified from driving for two months after his double-decker ran over and killed an 80-year-old jaywalker in Mong Kok last year.
The Department of Justice amended a charge of dangerous driving causing death against Yeung Kam-ming, 49, to one of careless driving, to which he pleaded guilty yesterday in Kowloon City Court.
Early on December 6, Yeung waited at a traffic light on the southbound lane of Sai Yee Street before making a right turn into Argyle Street on a green light.
During the turn, the left front of the bus hit and ran over a woman on a pedestrian crossing. Yeung continued driving through the junction and stopped when he completed the turn.
The woman was dragged along under the bus and was left lying on the crossing with a fatal skull wound.
Yeung told police he had started to cross the junction at less than 10km/h after checking to see that the crossing was clear. Soon after he heard people yelling and he felt something caught under the back of the bus.
He checked the rear-view mirrors but saw nothing unusual. He then stopped after the turn and walked back to see a woman lying on the road.
Magistrate Henry Mierczak said Yeung would have noticed the pedestrian if he had exercised caution and paid attention to the road.
The magistrate said Yeung had apologised and expressed deep regret but the case was serious and with tragic consequences.
He was aware the defendant had been suspended without pay and that the conviction could affect his employment.
Mr Mierczak passed the sentence after considering Yeung's genuine remorse, his guilty plea and the fact he had a clear traffic record during his 30 years of driving.