ESF boy hit taxi while driving dad's car

Sixteen-year-old West Island School in court over joyride that ended in crash

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 October, 2012, 2:46pm

A schoolboy ended up in court after taking his father's company car for a joyride in the early hours of the morning and hitting a parked taxi.

Fahim Khan, a 16-year-old pupil at the English Schools Foundation's West Island School in Pok Fu Lam, pleaded guilty in Eastern Court yesterday to careless driving, taking a car without authority and driving without a licence or insurance.

The legal minimum driving age in Hong Kong is 18.

The court heard that Khan set off on his joyride in the early hours of August 26.

Meanwhile, a cab driver had pulled into a lay-by next to a Shell petrol station on Victoria Road to take a rest.

Just after 3am, the cabbie was jolted awake as Khan hit the side of his taxi, leaving a scrape mark a metre long. The police were then called.

Khan, a Hong Kong-born Bangladeshi national, later told a police officer that he had wanted to pull in and stop in front of the taxi.

However, he turned too early and hit it instead.

He then told the officer that he was not a very good driver.

The court heard that Khan's father, a merchant, was willing to compensate the taxi driver for any damage.

Magistrate Symon Wong Yu-wing said he would deal with compensation at the next hearing and adjourned Khan's case to October 29 for sentencing.

In January, a 10-year-old American boy took his father's Maserati for a spin along Kennedy Road, Wan Chai.

He stopped after 300 metres and shocked passers-by called the police.

He was briefly detained but it was determined that he was too young to face charges.