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Trial begins for Filipina DH charged over 2021 fatal car accident in Central

03 July 2024


The runaway car stopped only after being wedged in steel railings (File)

The trial got underway Tuesday of a Filipina domestic helper who pleaded not guilty to causing the death of a French woman and seriously injuring four others, after a car she had just parked rolled at a fast clip down Peel Street in Central in 2021.

Reshielle L. Magsino, 46, is being tried before District Judge Tim Casewell at Tsuen Wan Court on one count of dangerous driving causing death, and another of causing grievous bodily injury.

Killed in the incident that happened at around 8pm on Dec 10, 2021 was French national Elodie Ma, who was 27 at the time. She was rushed to Queen Mary Hospital in critical condition after the incident, and died less than 24 hours later.


The four other people who were seriously injured were Truong Lise Pui Yee (who was initially listed in critical condition but recovered eventually), Riachi Julien, Moroz Dean Ian and Hui Yat-yuen.

According to the agreed facts read out in court, Magsino had about nine years of driving experience at the time. The registered owner of the car was her employer but Magsino had admitted to police that she was the one driving that night.

The court heard that the road, which has a 1:4 slope, was dry when the incident happened.

Security cameras showed Magsino’s employer getting out of the car first, followed by the accused who was in the driver’s seat.

The car began rolling down the slope immediately after, with the open door hitting Magsino who fell. She tried to run after the vehicle but it rolled down fast.

Ma was shown standing outside a restaurant on Staunton Street when the car rolled over her, causing severe head injury.

The  four others who were injured were shown chatting on the road. Some were hurt as they tried to dodge the runaway car, while one was hit by steel railings dislodged went the vehicle got wedged in them, before coming to a full stop.

Magsino was arrested by the police at the scene while the victims were rushed to hospital.

The trial resumes on Friday, and Magsino’s bail of $10,000 was extended until then.

The case was first heard in the Eastern magistracy but was elevated to the District Court due to the seriousness of the charges.

Dangerous driving causing death is punishable with a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment of up to 10 years. If the act resulted in grievous bodily harm, the maximum penalty is $50,000 fine and seven years' imprisonment.

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