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Hong Kong driver who crashed Lexus through car park wall and plunged two floors pleads guilty to dangerous driving

Luo Guangxian was hospitalised for four days after Tuen Mun crash, but initially would not reveal why or how she was injured

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 September, 2016, 8:03am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 September, 2016, 8:03am

A driver who was hospitalised for four days after she rammed her red Lexus through a car park’s concrete wall and plunged two floors onto a Tuen Mun pavement in January faces jail.

Luo Guangxian, 30, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of dangerous driving at Tuen Mun Court.

The court heard that her husband had told police he had received a suicidal message from Luo after he missed two phone calls from her following a row between them on January 5.

However, he later denied having told police that information after Luo did not cooperate with investigators in the case.

Luo told police under caution that she was not feeling well and did not remember what happened.

Police could not find any witnesses to the incident, which was captured by closed-circuit television cameras. The video showed Luo driving her Lexus through the wall on the second floor of Wu King Estate’s multi-storey car park.

Driver in coma after car plunges through wall of multi-storey Hong Kong car park

The wall was 1.2 metres tall and fenced along the top with short metal railings.

After bursting through the wall, the car first landed on a tree 3.2 metres away from the building, before it plunged further onto metal railings lining the pavement on Tip King Road.

The car was badly damaged and had turned upside down, with Luo trapped in her seat.

She was rescued by firefighters after passers-by called police and helped cut her seat belt.

No one else was injured in the incident.

Luo was sent to Tuen Mun Hospital unconscious with a head injury, but she regained consciousness upon arriving at the hospital’s accident and emergency department.

Medical examinations found she only had minor abrasions to her left knee and thigh, and minor bruises on her left foot.

Driver in hospital after car falls from first floor of Hong Kong car park

She was nevertheless hospitalised for four days, during which she did not disclose why or how she was injured.

Dr Tsang Cheuk-nam, a chemist at the Government Laboratory’s Physical Sciences Section, said Luo’s car was travelling at about 48km/h prior to its fall.

Investigators subsequently concluded her driving had been dangerous and had fallen far below standards expected of a careful and competent driver.

Luo will be sentenced on September 20, pending a sentencing report on the suitability of a community service order.

Dangerous driving is punishable by a HK$10,000 fine and 12 months’ imprisonment.