A red minibus driver struck and killed a pedestrian in Yuen Long this morning, mirroring another fatal crash in Mong Kok East less than 36 hours earlier.
Police arrested the 63-year-old minibus driver, Mr Tso, after he crashed his van into 74-year-old Mr Chan, who was crossing Tai Tong Road near Shui Chiu Lo Wai.
Emergency crews rushed Chan to Pok Oi hospital unconscious – he died at 9:09am, an hour after the smash.
Tai Tong Road is a narrow two-lane road with long straight sections and badly-kept pavements. Cars and delivery trucks such as HKTV Mall trucks also regularly block the pavements, according to eye-witnesses.
Details of the crash are eerily similar to another fatal incident barely two days ago: on Sunday night, a 64-year-old minibus driver was arrested after his red minibus struck and killed a 74-year-old man who was crossing Argyle Street.
The red-topped minibuses are nicknamed “flying cars of death” by locals, with the 16-seat buses known for their reckless speed and poor safety record. Unlike green minibuses, red minibuses are not bound by fixed route or fares, and, with its more casual and less regulated nature, the business is said to be plagued by organised crime.