A Citybus driver was sentenced to two years and six months in jail after he was found guilty of dangerous driving in a road accident in Sham Shui Po that killed three people and injured 30 last year.
Fong Kwing-wah, 45, had earlier pleaded guilty to the charges of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Handing the punishment, District Court Judge Frankie Yiu fun-che also suspended the defendant’s driving license for five years.
The incident took place on the evening of Sept. 22 last year, when the E21A bus driven by Fong was traveling along Cheung Sha Wan Road towards Mong Kok behind a taxi.
As it was approaching Yen Chow Street, the taxi reportedly stopped at a yellow light but the bus continued to move forward, hitting the taxi before mounting the pavement and smashing through railings.
Two male pedestrians and a female bus passenger were killed while 30 other people were injured.
The defense lawyer asked for leniency from the court, saying while it was indeed the defendant’s poor judgment that led to the tragedy, the bus was not running at high speed and Fong kept a distance between the bus and the taxi before it happened.
Noting that the defendant has been remorseful, the lawyer also submitted letters to the court from his daughter and wife, who described Fong as a good father.
Yiu, who called the case very serious, rejected the call for leniency, saying in the ruling that the defendant failed to pay attention to traffic conditions and it was not a “momentary negligence”, RTHK reported.
However, the judge agreed that there was no overspeeding or other serious offenses, and as such, the defendant deserved a commutation of the sentence for each of the charges.
Upon hearing the ruling, some of the victims’ families seated in the gallery cried, telling reporters later that the 30-month jail sentence was too light.
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