A 57-year-old woman died after being struck by a Tesla driven by a 26-year-old in Fanling last night, with reports that the car drove into the woman on a pedestrian crossing.
Driver Mr Lam was travelling along Sha Tau Kok Road – Lung Yeuk Tau towards Sha Tau Kok at 8:40pm when he struck Ms Au who was crossing the road at the crossing near Kwan Tei North Tsuen.
Au suffered severe head injuries in the crash, the force of which crumpled the Tesla’s bodywork and smashed the windscreen. Ambulance crews rushed the victim to North District Hospital where she died less than 40 minutes after the crash. According to police reports, Au never regained consciousness.
Police arrested Lam for dangerous driving causing death.
At least three pedestrians have been killed crossing roads this month alone. A 74-year-old man was killed after being run down by a red minibus on Argyle Street on 8 May, and another 74-year-old man died after a similar minibus crash in Yuen Long on 10 May.
While no detailed figures are yet available, Transport Department (TD) says 2,607 pedestrians were injured by vehicles in 2021, up 20% on 2020. Pedestrians made up 54% of fatal road crash victims in 2020, with 71% of those over 60.