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A 46-year-old Filipina domestic worker who was hit by a bus in Central on Hong Kong Island was ordered to pay a fine of HK$300 (US$38) at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for negligence when crossing the road.
Magistrate Selma Masood found defendant Marivic PM guilty of the offense of “pedestrian negligence,” or negligently endangering one’s own life or those of others while on the road, hongkongnews.com reported.
The incident happened at about 4 pm on April 6 last year outside World Wide House in Central. The court heard that the defendant, who was working for a Dutch family in Mid-Levels, was in a hurry to cross Des Voeux Road to catch the tram to Wan Chai market because her employer had told her to buy some food.
She said the green light for pedestrians was still blinking and she saw a man and a boy ahead of her and she hurried to cross the road before the light turned red.
But then a Citybus, taking route No 930 from Wan Chai to Tsuen Wan, hit her. The bus’s left windshield cracked and Marivic was thrown four to five meters, according to a witness.
The bus driver told the court that the traffic light for vehicles had turned green and so he drove his bus, at a speed of 26 kilometers per hour, when the domestic worker suddenly crossed the street.
The defendant and two female bus passengers were injured and sent to a hospital.
Judge Selma Masood said that even if Marivic’s defense were true – that the green light for pedestrians was still blinking when she crossed the street, according to the Road Users Code in Hong Kong, a flashing green light means pedestrian must not start to cross the road and should wait on the pavement near the curb.
The judge reduced the fine from HK$500 to HK$300 because of her clean record.