Former school principal gets six weeks’ jail and six year driving ban after accident kills pedestrian
The elderly woman had been walking along a pedestrian crossing when the driver hit her around 6.20am on 8 Feb last year.
The traffic light had been in the favour of the driver, but 71-year-old Kwok Kah Kuoy had been 55m away when he spotted Law Moh Koi, 79, walking across the road. Instead of slowing down and giving way, he had flashed his headlights at her on high beam on Marine Parade Road.
She died 10 days later of a serious head injury.
Kwok was sentenced to six weeks’ jail and banned for driving three years after being convicted of causing death by a rash act on 29 Jan.
Judge John Ng said that while the accident arose due to the “he inexplicable act of the deceased in crossing the road with no attention paid to the red man”, the roads are shared by cyclists and pedestrians and “we must proceed with the utmost awareness that our vehicles are a potential source of grave danger”.
Kwok had been driving at a speed of 50 to 55km/h when he saw Law. He flashed lights but continued driving until he was one to two car lengths away from her, then sounded his horn, veered to the right and braked - but the left side of the car hit her.
He had had four to five seconds to react before the collision but maintained his speed, and besides flashing his high beam, did not take any action to avoid hitting Madam Law, the prosecution said.
He had also been driving above the 40km/h speed limit.
Kwok, the former principal of Ghim Moh Secondary School, had his sentence deferred to 19 Mar.
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