The British owner of a car that killed eight feral cows on Lantau Island last year was fined HK$5,000 (US$655) on Wednesday for failing to provide information about the person who was behind the wheels when the accident occurred, Sky Post reports.
Ann Sarah Wilson, a 49-year-old engineer, violated with the city’s road traffic ordinance after she failed to submit a police form asking for information on the driver within 21 days after the accident occurred on June 5, 2013.
The defense lawyer pleaded for leniency for the defendant, noting that she has made great contributions to Hong Kong after coming here 18 years ago. She has worked in many infrastructure projects in the city, including the new international airport and the Disneyland Resort, the report said.
The expatriate had said that she did not know who was driving her car when the accident happened. But the court still ruled that Wilson had not tried her best to cooperate with the police, and slapped her with a HK$5,000 fine.
As police did not have further evidence to show that Wilson knew the driver’s identity, it would be difficult to make further charges, the report said, citing lawyer Raymond Tang.
Eight feral cattle were killed in what was believed to be a hit-and-run traffic incident on Lantau. Police later found her damaged SUV with animal hair and blood in a car park near the crash site.
The case sparked a debate over the protection of wild cattle and the danger the animals pose to motorists.
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