Pilot fined HK$4,000 for child's death

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 June, 2011, 12:00am


An airline pilot who killed a four-year-old boy on a pedestrian crossing was fined HK$4,000 yesterday.

A District Court judge acquitted Cathay Pacific second officer Leung Chiu-yu, 26, of dangerous driving causing death but convicted him on a lesser charge of careless driving.

Leung, driving his car with the number plate BOEING, hit Wei Cheung-on at a Sheung Shui crossing on February 27 last year.

The boy's mother, Yang Ming-chai, said the sentence was 'way too light'. 'Justice has not been done. [Leung] has never apologised to us. He did not pay any compensation,' she said, adding that she was considering a civil claim for damages.

The victim was crossing Chi Cheong Road on the way to an amusement centre in Sheung Shui town centre with family and friends when he was hit.

Judge Kevin Browne said he found Leung not guilty of dangerous driving causing death because there was a lack of clear evidence. He said it could not be proved that Leung was speeding as no braking trail was found on the road. There was also conflicting evidence on whether the traffic light was red or green.

Browne rejected Leung's claim that he could not see the road clearly at the time of the crash, as there was no car in front of him.

The judge said that even if the traffic light was green, as a prudent driver Leung had to pay attention to road conditions. As a result, Leung was convicted of careless driving.

The court heard that Leung was previously fined for speeding.