The family of a woman killed by a driver with a history of traffic offences expressed anger and sorrow that he was only jailed for 12 months yesterday. The parents of Lam Yuk-yung started crying in the public gallery of the District Court when 32-year-old Lam Siu-tong, a KMB maintenance technician, was sentenced. He was also disqualified from driving for three years. The court heard that Lam had committed seven other traffic offences since 1998, including careless driving, speeding and failing to display a valid licence. Early on March 8 last year, Lam, 27, was hit on a pedestrian crossing near the main campus of Lingnan University. The force of the collision threw her high into the air. Lam Siu-tong, who admitted he was driving fast because he wanted to meet his girlfriend, pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving causing death. The court heard that he was travelling between 74km/h and 90km/h in a 50km/h zone in Castle Peak Road. Prosecutor Patrick Loftus said a driver in another vehicle, Lam Hei-wai, saw that the traffic light in Tuen Kwai Road had turned amber ahead of a red light when Lam Siu-tong hit the woman. He said he heard a sharp braking noise come from Lam's car. Two pedestrians told the court that the woman flew to a height of more than one storey after being struck. She was certified dead at Tuen Mun Hospital. The autopsy report showed that she suffered multiple injuries. In sentencing, Judge Susana D'Almada Remedios said Lam Siu-tong neglected the safety of road users. She said the road user's code stated that a driver should stop when the traffic light turned amber ahead of a red light, but Lam could not do so because he was driving at such a high speed, and as a result he had taken the life of a young woman. Judge D'Almada Remedios noted that there were aggravating factors in the case, including Lam's previous traffic offences, high speed, failure to pay attention to the road and the fact that he could not stop when the amber light came on. Lam had also driven irresponsibly and caused potential danger to the public and other road users, she said. Therefore a custodial sentencing was necessary, but a reduction was granted due to the guilty plea, she said. Outside court, Lam's father said the family would consider appealing against the sentencing. 'Of course, we are dissatisfied,' he said. 'We are talking about a human life here. [My daughter] was only 27 years old and has had her life taken away. The sentencing was not a deterrent, even though Lam has previous driving offences and jumped a light.' He said a deterrent sentence was necessary to protect other road users.