A lorry driver who was involved in the traffic accident at Yuen Long Kam Sheung Road last Friday appeared in court on Monday morning and denied charges of causing death by dangerous driving.

The accident took place last Friday evening and resulted in four deaths and 14 injuries. According to the prosecution, the lorry was driving along Kam Sheung Road when the defendant ran a red light and collided with a minibus that had just driven out of Tung Wui Road. The minibus, which was carrying 17 passengers, was knocked over.

The case was adjourned until February 16, 2016. In the meantime, the police will investigate further, and autopsies and DNA tests will be carried out. There will also be a reconstruction of the accident.

The lorry driver was denied bail.

Cheung Man-leung, 70, is facing charges of causing death by dangerous driving. The defendant’s lawyer said that the accident was an unfortunate one and that the defendant was sorry. He also said that the defendant was diabetic and he was willing to hand over all his identification documents, as well as pay HK$10,000 for bail, with his son willing to post surety of HK$10,000.

However, the magistrate said that the case was serious and refused bail. Cheung will apply again on December 29.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.