A Hong Kong bus driver who rammed a double-decker into a police car that knocked a young man off a bridge and left him paralysed from the waist down was on Friday found guilty of dangerous driving. The District Court heard how Vicky Lam Shui-chee, 47, had been behind the wheel of a bus on Tsuen Wan Road just after 2pm on August 20, 2017, when she approached the scene of an earlier crash between three cars. Police had arrived and two of the cars had already left the scene. The remaining vehicle was sandwiched between a tow truck and a police car, which had turned on its red and blue lights to warn approaching drivers. But Lam did not see them. The double-decker first rammed into the police car, which hit the other car and subsequently the tow truck. The impact injured the tow truck driver and knocked down the driver of the privately owned car, Lau Chuk-yin, who was later found lying on top of another car parked at a construction site 14 metres (46 feet) below the bridge. Subsequent medical examination at Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung found the 23-year-old paralysed from the waist down, due to a spinal injury. Serious thought must be given to preventing road accidents Lau also suffered multiple fractures, internal bleeding and a collapsed lung. His injuries left him in hospital until March last year and he has since lost the ability to work, requiring support from his parents and disability allowances. Prosecutors alleged Lam, a bus driver of more than 15 years, should have seen the police car from 100 metres away but failed to pay sufficient attention to road conditions to apply the brakes in time. While Lam admitted she had been distracted for about two to three seconds by blinding lights from the tow truck, she argued that her driving could only be considered careless, not dangerous. She asked police to investigate whether the lights on the tow truck had breached Transport Department regulations. But District Judge Frankie Yiu Fun-che rejected her defence, noting that at least 100 cars, and other buses, had passed the crash scene without incident in the 20 minutes between the tow truck’s arrival and Lam approaching. Police chase ends in burglary syndicate members crashing car in river “The only irresistible inference to be made was that the defendant completely failed to observe road traffic conditions clearly,” the judge said. “Such driving was obviously dangerous.” Sentencing was adjourned to March 27, pending Lam’s background report. Dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm is punishable by seven years’ imprisonment.