Driver jailed after teen loses foot in accident

Top News | Cindy Wan 14 Feb 2019

A bus driver has been sentenced to 11 months in jail after being involved in an accident that led to a teenage tourist from the mainland to have her right foot amputated.

Citybus driver Liu Kam-wan, 48, also had his driving license suspended for two years. He is required to take a driving-improvement course at his own expense.

Liu earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm earlier before his sentencing in District Court yesterday.

Judge David Dufton handed down the sentence after taking into account that Liu had made monthly donations to a charitable organization and did volunteer work.

Dufton said the scene of the accident was a wide road with four lanes, but Liu did not check if there were any pedestrians before steering the double-decker to the left.

He said Huang Xiaoyi, aside from going through the amputation, suffered bone fractures on several parts of the right side of her body.

She stayed in hospital for more than two months before being discharged and must rely on a prosthetic limb for the rest of her life. She can walk for only 10 minutes without using a walking stick, he added.

Considering that Liu has been donating HK$50 a month for 12 years to the charity Oxfam and volunteers to collect rubbish on the road when hiking and cycling, he was sentenced to 11 months in jail despite the severe offense. In mitigation, a lawyer said Liu has 24 years of driving experience.

He stopped driving after the accident as it kept flashing back to him every time he got behind the wheel.

He wrote letters of apology to Huang after the accident. Liu also quit his job to become a security guard, the lawyer added.

In November 2017, Huang, 19, was standing at the junction of Nathan Road and Argyle Street in Mong Kok with her friends.

They stood outside the pedestrian fence because the street was too crowded.

Citybus route A21, which was traveling at 10 to 20 kilometers an hour, rammed Huang's suitcase before mowing her down.

Huang attempted to evade the bus by retreating onto the pedestrian road but the fence behind her blocked her way.

Huang was a university student studying in Zengcheng District in Guangzhou and was traveling in Hong Kong with three friends. Her family hails from Heyuan in Guangdong.

The Transport Department said the junction of Nathan Road and Argyle Street is a well-known traffic black spot.

cindymt.wan@singtaonewscorp.com

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