Family of passenger killed in Fanling bus crash seeks compensation from driver and KMB
A family member of a passenger killed in the fatal Fanling bus crash in 2019 filed a petition to the High Court on Thursday, seeking compensation from the bus driver and KMB.
The claimant is Ng Mei-po, the administratrix of the estate of the deceased passenger So Lai-hung, whereas the bus driver Man Chi-kwong and KMB Co. Ltd. are listed as the respondents.
Ng stated in the writ that the respondents should compensate for damages together with interest thereon and costs for the personal injury, loss, and damage arising from the traffic incident at Fanling Highway on December 18, 2019, because of Man's negligent driving while Man's employer KMB should also be held accountable for the incident.
Yet, Ng didn't state how much compensation she sought in the writ.
The fatal incident occurred around 4.20pm that day as the double-decker bus crashed into the curb and headed straight into the trees. Half of the upper deck was torn away, and parts of the roof hung on the trees as some passengers were thrown from the bus.
Three men and three women, including So, were killed, and 38 other passengers sustained injuries.
In April last year, Man pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing deaths and dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm. As a result, the District Court jailed him for four years and suspended his driving license for five years.
Man was also ordered to pay for and complete a Driving Improvement Course.