A minibus driver with a history of speeding who killed two women in Mong Kok was sentenced to 32 months in jail yesterday. The District Court heard that Chan Chi-chiu had just started his shift when he crossed a give-way line, hit a double-decker bus, mowed down signs and scaffolding in front of seven shops, and ploughed into a group of pedestrians. Apart from killing two people, 10 others were injured, with three seriously hurt and requiring long-term treatment. The court heard that Chan had been taking ketamine and drinking for one year. But there was no evidence he was on drugs or drunk at the time of the accident. Chan was also disqualified from driving for four years and ordered to retake the examination if he wanted to get another licence. Chan, 34, had driven a minibus for five years. He had five previous criminal convictions and five traffic convictions, four for speeding. He had pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving causing death and was sentenced under a system of tougher penalties introduced on July 4, 2008. The system increased the maximum penalty for the offence from five years' in jail to 10. In sentencing, Judge Stanley Chan Kwong-chi said that this was a completely avoidable tragedy, and Chan's single mistake had shattered two families forever. He cited the government slogan 'The road is like a tiger's mouth and life has no take two', which was used to remind drivers to stay vigilant. Driving a car was like holding a sharp knife, the judge also said, and a driver could take innocent lives at any moment if they were not careful. Some family members of those killed who were in the public gallery thought the sentence was too lenient. The husband of one of the women killed, Rosanna Wong Chow-ling, said 32 months was only a number to him, 'as the dead cannot come back to life, and the family members would be in agony for their whole life.' He said Chan had not contacted him to apologise but even if he did, he would not accept it. The accident happened on June 12 last year as Chan drove a 616S minibus bound for Lok Ma Chau, and turned from Sai Yeung Choi Street South onto Mong Kok Road without slowing. Senior public prosecutor Winston Chan Lap-yan said Li Yi-har, 25, and Wong, 47, were taken to hospital where they died that day. Li suffered multiple injuries and Wong had head injuries. A government forensic scientist who examined the scene said the minibus was travelling at a significant speed in a 50km/h zone, but did not estimate how fast Chan was driving. The scientist estimated the double-decker bus was travelling at 40km/h. Damage to roller shutters, signboards, scaffolding and display boards of the seven shops required repairs estimated at HK$75,000.