Police this afternoon caught up with and arrested a truck driver six hours after a serious crash which hospitalized a 70 year-old man.
Mr So, 70, was riding a bicycle along Kam Tin Road in Pat Heung at 6:14am this morning when he was run down by a truck and knocked unconscious.
Truck driver Mr Tse, 64, fled the scene in his white Isuzu truck but was found in Tuen Mun just after noon. Police arrested him on three charges: dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report the accident.
Police shared the news on their Facebook. “As you know, irresponsible driving is a major cause of traffic accidents and poses a danger to other road users,” they wrote.
The crash comes after a deadly day on Hong Kong’s roads yesterday (Thursday), with three deaths recorded: an 85-year-old man was killed by a garbage truck driver in Cheung Sha Wan; a 67-year-old cement truck driver died in Cheung Sha Wan after losing control of the truck and crashing through barrier off a bridge onto a school bus below; and a 67-year-old taxi driver was suspected of dying at the wheel in a minor collision in Tai Po.
And on Wednesday a 71-year-old man was killed riding a bicycle in Tuen Mun after a van driver ran him over.
Eight people lost their lives riding bicycles in 2021. All victims were male, aged from 55 to 79 and with an average age of 64.