Accidents and personal safety in Hong Kong

Hong Kong woman, 97, escapes unscathed after driving into HK$1.78 million Maserati then hitting Marriott Hotel wall

The driver’s 71-year-old daughter, who legal sources identified as senior counsel Jacqueline Pamela Leong, was a passenger in her Honda Civic. Neither woman was injured

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 October, 2018, 1:47pm
UPDATED : Friday, 05 October, 2018, 11:38pm

A 97-year-old motorist and her 71-year old passenger escaped unscathed after the car they were in hit a stationary Maserati before slamming into a wall at the Marriott Hotel in Hong Kong.

The incident took place at the hotel’s main entrance off Justice Drive in Admiralty shortly before 7pm on Thursday.

The Post understands that the driver, Frances Joan Leong, was trying to park her silver Honda Civic outside the hotel. No one was in the Maserati, which was also parked there.

It is also understood that the passenger was Frances Leong’s daughter, Jacqueline Pamela Leong.

While Frances Leong was trapped inside her vehicle and needed help from emergency personnel to get out, neither she nor Jacqueline Leong were injured.

“No obvious injuries were found on the woman, and she did not require hospital treatment,” a police spokesman said of the older lady.

The front and body of the Honda were damaged. The rear of the black Maserati, which had been bought for HK$1.78 million (US$227,000) in 2016, was dented.

The spokesman said Frances Leong passed a breathalyser test. No one was arrested.

No obvious injuries were found on the woman, and she did not require hospital treatment
police spokeswoman

Two legal sources identified Jacqueline Leong as a senior counsel and former chairwoman of the Hong Kong Bar Association.

A leading expert in family law, Jacqueline Leong was also the first female president of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and among the first few women from Hong Kong appointed as Queen’s Counsel in Britain in the early 1990s.

She was appointed as a recorder of the High Court for 12 years in 1997 and 2003 before returning to private practice.

Although the 71-year-old is still listed as a practising lawyer, the last time she appeared in open court was in 2010 in a Family Court dispute.Legal sources said she had been less active in taking up cases in recent years.

When approached, Jacqueline Leong declined to comment.

According to the Transport Department, three motor vehicle drivers aged 85 or above were involved in traffic accidents in 2017. There were four in 2016 and six in 2015.

In Hong Kong, drivers aged 70 or above are required to submit a medical examination report from a doctor for their first renewal of a driving licence, which will be valid for either one or three years.

The oldest valid full Hong Kong driving licence holder is aged 102, according to department records. But it does not have information on whether the person is still an active driver.

And as of June 30, there are 125 driving licence holders for a private car who are aged 90 or above.