A man who crashed his car into a taxi at 115km/h, opening it like a can and killing two of its occupants, was jailed for four years yesterday. Au Chi-ming, 44, was sentenced for dangerous driving causing death under revised penalties that doubled the maximum penalty to 10 years in prison. He had pleaded not guilty. Chief District Judge Patrick Li Hon-leung told him his reckless driving, at 45km/h over the speed limit, had cost the lives of two people. The court heard that Au, 44, formerly a regional chief information officer for a multinational corporation, had two previous convictions for careless driving and nine previous speeding violations; three of the latter were for driving at between 30km/h and 45km/h over the speed limit. His licence had been suspended twice, most recently in 2003. The court heard earlier that Au lost control of his car as he drove along the middle lane of Ching Cheung Road towards Kwun Tong at about 6am on August 10. The car rammed a road divider and flew into the opposite lane, hitting the taxi head-on before skidding 30 metres and coming to rest on its side. Police Sergeant Tung Wah-chung told the court that the impact of the crash had opened the taxi's roof like a can and almost beheaded the 51-year-old driver and 31-year-old passenger, who were certified dead at the scene. The taxi's front and rear seats were both flattened. A truck driver, Ng Wah-shing, testified that shortly before the accident two cars tailing one another had overtaken him at high speed. Yesterday, the court heard that Au had suffered from insomnia since the accident. He also had a seven-year-old son with a chronic health problem who was highly dependent on him. Passing sentence, Judge Li said Au had been reckless and had paid no heed to road safety. The accident had been caused by him driving too fast.