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TAXI DRIVER KILLS CYCLIST IN JUNCTION SMASH

A road junction in Hong Kong indicating where a taxi failed to stop at a junction killing a cyclist

Scene of a deadly cycle accident, as a cyclist was killed by a taxi driver who failed to stop at a junction in Yuen Long yesterday morning

A taxi driver who failed to stop at a junction hit and killed a cyclist yesterday morning in Hong Kong’s second fatal traffic accident involving taxis in three days.

The cyclist, Mr Ng, 76, was travelling west along Shap Pat Heung Road in Yuen Long at 5.17am. A taxi, driven by a 57-year old man Mr Shek, was travelling north on Tai Tong Road. According to police reports, Shek failed to stop at the junction, with his taxi striking the cyclist and then swerving right across a pedestrian refuge into the path of another taxi.

The cyclist sustained severe head injuries. He was rushed to Tuen Mun Hospital unconscious and declared dead at 2.40pm. Shek, as well as the driver of the other taxi he struck and a 32-year-old male passenger of that second taxi sustained slight injuries and were sent conscious to Pok Oi Hospital.

Police arrested Shek for dangerous driving causing death. Investigation by the Accident Investigation Team of Traffic, New Territories North is underway. Anyone who witnessed the accident or has any information to offer is urged to contact the investigating officers on 3661 3800.

169 cyclists were killed or seriously injured on Hong Kong’s roads in 2019, according to Transport Department figures. Last year, cyclists over the age of 60 made up 17% of all cycle accidents but 27% of those seriously injured or killed.

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