Bank executive arrested after wayward Ferrari kills guard in TST

June 10, 2015 09:52
Bank executive Robert James Ebert covers his face after his Ferrari crashed into The Waterfront carpark on Tuesday. Photo: Metro Daily

A senior bank executive was arrested after his sports car crashed into the carpark of a residential development in Tsim Sha Tsui, killing a security guard, Apple Daily reported on Wednesday.

Robert James Ebert of Deutsche Bank lost control of his car, a Ferrari 458 Spider which is said to be worth HK$4.5 million, and crashed.

The victim was a 53-year-old security guard at The Waterfront on Austin Road West surnamed Koo.

He was unconscious when he was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The incident happened around 7 a.m. Tuesday while Ebert was driving to his office at the International Commerce Centre from his house on Old Peak Road.

He said he lost control of his car as he was making a turn on Nga Cheung Road in Yau Ma Tei.

The Ferrari dashed into the carpark of The Waterfront and collided with a Maserati which was about to leave.

Ebert’s car went on to sweep across three barricades and hit the guard, who was pinned to a post at the carpark entrance.

Koo was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead by 2 p.m.

Ebert and the Maserati driver were unhurt. Police said both drivers passed a breathalyser test.

Skid marks stretching 10 meters were found at the entrance of the carpark.

Ebert told police his car had a brake failure. He was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death.

The Ferrari 458 Spider, manufactured in 2012, packs 570 horsepower using a seven-speed F1 gear box. It can accelerate in only 3.4 seconds from zero to 100 kilometers per hour.

Deutsche Bank was not immediately available for comments.

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