Large vehicles have claimed two more pedestrian victims in the last 36 hours: a private roadworks vehicle in Tsing Yi yesterday afternoon knocked down and killed a lady it had just dropped off on a highway slip road, while in Kowloon Tong this morning a private 18-seater minibus sped through a crossing, hitting an elderly jogger who was crossing the road.
In Tsing Yi, a roadworks vehicle dropped off 73-year-old Ms Choi on a slip road off Kwai Chung Road, when the driver apparently ran over her. Police had no more details about the bizarre accident, other than that they arrested the driver, 63-year-old Mr Ng, for dangerous driving causing death.
And in Kowloon Tong, an 87-year-old runner surnamed Au was jogging across Cornwall Road when a private minibus smashed into him, throwing him 18 metres into the air according to police.
Police held a press conference to identify the man, who was carrying no ID and was wearing running shoes, running shorts and headphones. At the press conference, police had estimated Au’s age as 60-70 and called for friends or family to come forward and identify him, which then happened. Police said the traffic light at the crossing was green for the road, meaning the minibus had right of way, yet the driver, Mr Tsang, 49, appeared to have been speeding above the 50kph limit. Police arrested Tsang for dangerous driving causing death.
The first half of 2020 was the second most deadly six months on Hong Kong’s roads in the last decade, after the first half of 2018 (which saw the deadly Tai Po bus crash, with 19 victims). Pedestrians are the biggest casualty group – the last month alone has seen a string of fatalities of elderly pedestrians crossing roads, including two women, 72 and 73, killed by minibuses; an 84-year-old woman killed by a bus in Tai Koo; and an 78-year-old woman killed by a van in Hung Hom last week.