Date
8 December 2016
The accident resulted in the death of a security guard at The Waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui last year. Photos: HKEJ, Metro Daily
The accident resulted in the death of a security guard at The Waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui last year. Photos: HKEJ, Metro Daily

Bank executive jailed for 21 months over fatal Ferrari accident

A senior executive at Deutsche Bank was sentenced to 21 months in prison by a district court judge after he was found guilty of one count of dangerous driving causing death.

The judge also ordered that the driver’s license of Robert James Ebert be suspended for five years, during which he is required to attend a course to improve his driving.

Ebert, 49, had claimed the brakes of his Ferrari malfunctioned, causing the fatal accident.

But the judge said evidence showed his luxury sports car was in racing mode when the accident happened, while examinations conducted by the Transport Department found that the car’s braking system was functioning normally at the time.

The accident happened at The Waterfront on Austin Road West in Tsim Sha Tsui in the morning of June 9, 2015.

Ebert was driving a black Ferrari 458 Spider, which is said to be worth HK$4.5 million, to his office at the International Commerce Centre from from his house on Old Peak Road.

He suddenly lost control of his car, which swerved into the carpark of The Waterfront, swept across three barricades and pinned a 53-year-old security guard, surnamed Koo, to a post at the carpark entrance.

Koo was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The defense lawyer had asked for leniency from the judge, claiming the case had already cost the defendant his job, while his colleagues at Deutsche Bank had written six letters to the judge saying he is a man of good character and a long-time donor to charities.

The judge said his ruling was based on the fact that the defendant had neither criminal nor bad driving records, adding that the accident was an isolated case.

Ebert has quit his job after 20 years of service at the bank, Apple Daily reported.

Bank executive blames fatal accident on Ferrari brake failure (Jul. 28, 2016)

Bank executive arrested after wayward Ferrari kills guard in TST (Jun. 10, 2015)

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