A female pedestrian, Mrs Wong, 66 years old, was struck and dragged around 10 metres by a taxi on Queen Street, Sheung Wan, this morning, according to police reports.
The taxi driver, Mr Lo, 70, was heading north on the street at around 9.20am when, according to police, “the taxi bumped into her”. The driver took some 10 metres to bring the vehicle to a stop, inflicting severe injuries on the woman who was trapped underneath. The woman was rushed to Ruttonjee Hospital where she died less than an hour after the crash.
Police arrested Lo for dangerous driving causing death and detained him for further enquiries.
Officers would not comment on the cause of the crash – but the area is plagued with illegal truck parking. Both sides of Queen Street are commonly blocked by illegally parked trucks serving the district’s dried seafood and sharks’ fin wholesalers, reducing the chance drivers can see pedestrians crossing the road and reducing visibility for pedestrians.
The crash is the second death on Hong Kong Island in less than 24 hours – yesterday, a man was killed crossing a street near a North Point market.