A legal executive who collided with a cyclist after driving the wrong way down a one-way road was convicted of careless driving yesterday. Matthew Bersani - 49 according to court documents, and described on the website of the New York-headquartered firm Shearman & Sterling as a partner at its Hong Kong office - was ordered to pay HK$2,500 for driving down the one-way Jat's Incline. Kowloon City Court Deputy Magistrate Ho Wai-yang said Bersani should have known he was turning his car into a one-way street. However, she accepted that road signs indicating vehicles should not enter Jat's Incline were not easily visible. In mitigation, Bersani, who represented himself yesterday, said he had driven for 35 years and never had an accident. 'The circumstances were, at minimum, ambiguous in terms of signage,' he said. The incident occurred on the morning of March 15 last year on Jat's Incline at the bottom of Tate's Cairn, near Choi Hung. Bersani, his wife and three children were going to Tate's Cairn. From Ngau Chi Wan Street, Bersani turned left onto Jat's Incline, a road with one-way traffic travelling in the opposite direction to that which he was driving. Bersani had driven about 400 metres into Jat's Incline when the cyclist, Kwok Kim-chuen, 44, approached. The two collided when Bersani was driving at about 40km/h, and Mr Kwok at 40 to 45km/h. Bersani admitted it was the first time he had driven on Jat's Incline. But he said it was Mr Kwok who had collided with the car and that he had expected Mr Kwok to avoid him on the road. The cyclist sustained injuries to his face and nasal bridge, suffered whiplash and had glass embedded in his face. He spent one day in United Christian Hospital. Photos at the trial showed a double-white line and 'Stop' painted on the ground at the mouth of Jat's Incline leading to Ngau Chi Wan Street, and a stop and a merge sign that could be hidden from certain angles. Bersani specialises in corporate finance and securities transactions and has been listed in Euromoney magazine's guide to the world's leading capital markets lawyers for several years, the website says.