Suspended sentence for bus driver over Tung Chung death
A 63-year-old Lantau bus driver has given a suspended four-month jail sentence and fined HK$5,000 over the death of a pedestrian in Tung Chung.
The driver of a no. 34 New Lantau Bus Co. vehicle hit and killed a 38-year-old man crossing the road in Yat Tung on January 24.
The court found the driver’s view had been obscured by the vehicle permits on the windscreen, Apple Daily reported. In court, the driver’s lawyer said in the wake of the incident he had been undergoing counselling and had stopped driving, suffering a loss of income as a result.
The judge said the death of a man in his prime was a “tragedy” but there was no evidence the driver was exceeding the speed limit. He imposed a four-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, banned him from driving for two years and fined him HK$5,000.