The Crown has filed an appeal of the acquittal of Ken Chung, who was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Vancouver doctor Alphonsus Hui.

Hui died at age 68 on Nov. 15, 2015, after a car slammed into his vehicle at the intersection of West 41st Avenue and Oak Street in Vancouver.

Police estimate the driver who hit him had been travelling at more than 140 kilometres an hour in a 50 km/h zone before the accident.

Ken Chung, then 35 and of Richmond, was tried for dangerous driving cause death and was acquitted on May 25, 2018.

The judge concluded “the momentariness of the accused’s conduct in excessively speeding is insufficient to meet the criminal fault component and he must be acquitted.”

The acquittal prompted Hui’s family to start a petition, calling for more than a “slap on the wrist” for Chung, according to a Facebook post by Hui’s daughter, Monique. It has drawn an outpouring of tens of thousands of signatures.

Monique Hui described the emotional outpouring that followed news of the appeal.

“I cried hysterically, and then I called my mom and we cried,” she said. “We are quietly celebrating that maybe at this point, things are finally going to turn the corner, because the last two and a half years have been absolutely horrendous. And nothing has gone our way.

“Everything that happened has been unfair and tragic, but we feel like this is the first step toward maybe things going the right way.”

Josephine Hui, widow to Alphonsus, echoed the optimism.

“This is the first time I’m able to breathe,” she said. “At least this proves there’s hope. And I’m also very happy for the overwhelming support from outside.”

Monique added that there is still much work for her family to do, and that begins right away. On Friday, she will …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Business


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