A taxi driver denied yesterday he was responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident in Sheung Shui, claiming the damage to his rented taxi was caused by a fallen branch and a stray dog, despite forensic evidence showing otherwise. A government chemist's report matched plastic fragments found at the scene to the offside head lamp and the radiator grille of the taxi allegedly driven by Liu Kwok-chun, 58, the court was told. A shoeprint found on the taxi's engine guard was consistent with the right shoe of the 73-year-old victim, Pau Wai-ying, who died from multiple injuries, including a crushed skull. The taxi driver was accused of knocking Pau over and rolling over her near a zebra crossing on Castle Peak Road outside Yin Kong village early on September 21, 2006. Liu was arrested four days later outside a house at Fairview Park, Yuen Long, while he was allegedly repairing a taxi with its bonnet dented and the offside head lamp displaced. Liu yesterday pleaded not guilty in the District Court to dangerous driving causing death, tampering with evidence of an accident causing death, failing to report an accident and failing to stop after an accident. Day shift driver Lam Kam-wing told the court Liu handed him the newly damaged taxi on the morning of the crash and later told him to take a break the following day so that Liu could repair it. The trial before Judge Bernard Whaley continues today.