The driver of a double-decker bus that overturned on a Wan Chai flyover, killing five people, was yesterday convicted of causing death by reckless driving. Shum Wing-yiu was driving at 63km/h on the Tonnochy Road flyover when he lost control of the bus on January 30 last year. The speed limit for that stretch of road is 50km/h. District Court Judge Stephen Chow Siu-hung said the danger of overturning was high as Shum tried to negotiate a 90-degree turn at such a high speed. He said Shum had not considered this when trying to take the bend and had not slowed down at any time. 'At the time of the incident, the defendant was driving recklessly,' the judge said. He said he also found Shum to be a dishonest witness. 'I find he knew how to avoid answering some questions and even felt that he was cunning to a certain extent.' Shum, 31, was found guilty of a charge of reckless driving causing the deaths of five people and injuring more than 50 other passengers. He denied the charge. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $25,000 fine. 'This is the first time I have ever seen a case involving such serious injuries and deaths,' the judge said. 'Should we make a decision based on the consequences or the behaviour?' Prosecutor Robert Lee Kan-yung said the No 118 Citybus was travelling from Siu Sai Wan to Shamshuipo when it toppled over. Shum was sacked by the company after the accident and remains unemployed. He told the court that he had attempted to keep the vehicle under control by braking hard. But the judge refused to accept his explanation because he said there were no tyre marks left at the scene. Defence barrister Peter Wan Wah-shing urged the court to call for reports before sentence was passed, saying the defendant had suffered psychiatric and psychological problems since the accident. Judge Chow asked both counsel to address him on whether he should increase the sentence on the defendant as the case involved so many victims. The case was adjourned until February 25 for reports. Shum was remanded in custody.