HK driver jailed for 15 months for running over woman waiting for bus and severing her leg

03-May-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM Print This Post

A Hong Kong judge praised a mother’s heroism on Tuesday as he sentenced a driver to 15 months in jail for running over the woman as she waited for a bus with her two-year-old daughter, severing her leg.

Judge Anthony Kwok Wai-in singled out the mother, To Wing-nam, 36, who endured searing pain as she strived to protect her daughter during the gruesome accident. “That was the love of a mother,” the judge said.

Property agent Chan Hiu-sing, 30, had previously pleaded guilty at the District Court to dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm over the crash in Kwai Chung on March 19 last year.

Passing sentence, Kwok said only an immediate jail term could make up for the loss Chan had caused To and send a deterrent message to other drivers.

“Until that moment, [To's] life was filled with happiness,” Kwok said.

He said To had earned a decent living helping her husband run a flower shop while also working as a part-time accountant. But after the crash, To had to learn how to walk again, Kwok said.

She lost her left leg instantly in the accident while her right foot was crushed and later had to be amputated.

Outweighing the physical pain she endured was that she could no longer look after her daughter as she had, the judge added.

The accident took place at about 11.30am when Chan was heading home in his BMW along Lei Shu Road. When he reached a traffic signal box, he ploughed into To, who was waiting on the pavement for a minibus with her daughter.

Despite having her leg severed, To reportedly tried to look after the little girl, who was left shocked and upset by the incident.

The girl was later diagnosed with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Chan’s lawyer pleaded for a community service order for his client, painting him as a responsible driver who was generous with his donations to charity.

But the judge said there were no unexpected road conditions that would explain the crash other than Chan’s lack of focus.

The judge said Chan hitting To on the pavement was an aggravating factor.

He said not jailing Chan would send a wrong message to other drivers.

“Society will lose confidence in our judicial system,” Kwok said.


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