A woman has died at a Sai Kung blackspot earlier exposed by a former Hong Kong police officer as deadly road design.
The crash happened at 7.27pm last night, when 58-year-old Ms Mak was crossing Hiram’s Highway outside the Marina Cove estate.
When crossing the northbound carriageway, victim Mak was struck by a Sai Kung-bound minibus, driven by 65-year-old Mr Chan. Suffering multiple injuries, Mak died in hospital 90 minutes later without regaining consciousness. Police arrested the driver for dangerous driving causing death.
A retired Hong Kong police officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, has raised danger issues on that stretch of road for many years and, with authorities taking no notice, had even invited Transit Jam for a site visit in February this year.
At that visit, the Sai Kung resident exposed many dangers from road upgrade projects in the area, including an awkward pedestrian bridge, a road design leading to drivers speeding and a lack of protection for pedestrians at the exact Marina Cove location where, two months later, Mak would be tragically killed.
The former officer, who served 30 years with the Royal Hong Kong Police Force, says during the Hiram’s Highway improvement works he had urged both Highways Department and contractor Meinhardt to address concerns of residents’ groups.
Acting for Friends of Sai Kung, the campaigner says he had recommended moving the Marina Cove noise barrier to between the road and the pedestrian path, to better protect pedestrians: but his efforts and expert views were in vain and the road layout remained as in the original plans.
“I told them bluntly, as soon as someone was killed or seriously injured, I’d be after them,” the campaigner said in February.
Highways Department has been approached for comment.
Categories: Law and Enforcement, On the Roads, Transit
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