Hong Kong Firefighter Charged in Fatal Apparatus Accident

A Hong Kong firefighter has been arrested following a collision between an aerial device and a bicyclist. The unidentified firefighter was driving the truck last Sunday, December 6, when it veered off the road and into a guard rail.

Killed in the crash was 60-year-old Benjamin Restrepo, who was reportedly traveling the world by bicycle. The South China Morning Post identified Restrepo as having American and Colombian passports. He was trapped under the aerial device for 30 minutes as firefighters worked to extricate him.

The driver of the ladder claimed his vision was impaired due to the sun. He was charged with causing death by dangerous driving. More on the story.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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