Law and Enforcement

VAN DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER WOMAN KILLED ON TKO PEDESTRIAN CROSSING

The delivery van fatally smashed into Ms Lok, 71, as she crossed the road at a Tseung Kwan O pedestrian crossing (inset: the road crossing where Lok was struck)

Police arrested a 46-year-old van driver for dangerous driving causing death last night, after his van knocked down and killed a woman on a pedestrian crossing.

Mr Lee was driving his black Toyota Hiace delivery van along Po Lam Road North at around 6pm when he struck Ms Lok, 71, who was crossing the road at an uncontrolled cautionary crossing โ€“ a type of pedestrian crossing with dropped kerbs and safety indicators.

Lok suffered immediate and severe head and leg injuries in the smash, which dented the front of the heavy van. According to reports, the victim was flung some 10 or 20 metres by the impact, and the van took some 30 metres to come to a stop.

Emergency crews rushed Lok to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, where she died at 6:49pm.

Lee is being detained for further enquiries, police say, and investigations are ongoing.

Just five days ago, Tseung Kwan O cops mounted a road safety operation against bicycle riders in the district, ticketing 52 cyclists under its Goldensun programme.

Meanwhile citywide enforcement against careless driving fell 10% from 2019 to 2020, according to official figures.

There have been 84 road deaths in the first ten months of 2021 in Hong Kong, while the city’s roads have seen 17,246 injuries, 1,508 of those serious, over that period.

These numbers are a long way from Hong Kong’s road safety goals: over this weekend, the Road Safety Council held its “48th Anniversary Ceremony cum Carnival”, at which Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) Albert Yuen restated the police mission ofย  “Zero Accidents on the Road, Hong Kong’s Goal”

Yuen did not elaborate on how this would be achieved.

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