A truck driver who knew his brakes were not working properly and his tyres were bald killed an elderly man when his vehicle failed to stop at a set of traffic lights in Chai Wan, a court heard yesterday. Magistrate Katherine Lo handed Chan Shuet-ping, 42, a four-month prison term but suspended it for two years after hearing he was his family's breadwinner and had not been paid for six months. Chan, who pleaded guilty to reckless driving causing death, also was fined $10,000 and had his licence revoked for a year. Chan was driving his 24-tonne truck downhill in Chai Wan Road on November 17 when he came to a set of traffic lights. Unable to stop, he crashed into a car which knocked down Choi Lau, 76. Choi then rolled downhill and became caught under the front wheel of Chan's truck. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Eastern Hospital. In Eastern Court yesterday, Ms Lo said: 'As a professional truck driver for 10-odd years, you have the absolute responsibility to ensure the safety of pedestrians.' Instead, Chan had driven recklessly. 'You knew your truck's brakes were not working and your truck's wheels were devoid of tread pattern. In addition, your truck was overloaded by 14 per cent. Yet you were still driving. Such an accident proved that you had been very reckless in driving.'