Girl, 12, in serious condition after bicycle is hit by car

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 April, 2009, 12:00am

A 12-year-old girl was in a serious condition in hospital last night after a bicycle on which she was riding pillion behind her mother on the way to school was hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing.

The girl was in a critical condition when she was admitted to North District Hospital with head injuries suffered in the crash at an intersection in Sheung Shui at about 7am yesterday. Her condition improved later.

The 29-year-old driver of the car was arrested for suspected drink-driving after he failed a breath test at the scene. Police said preliminary investigations showed the 41-year-old mother might have been crossing against a red light.

The accident happened at a crossing on San Wan Road at the junction with Chi Cheong Road. The mother suffered minor injuries to her head and right hand.

The motorist, who was unhurt, was later released without charge on HK5,000 bail. He must report back to police on June 10.

Officers from the New Territories North traffic unit are looking into whether the woman was crossing against a red traffic light after initial investigations showed that the car entered the junction on a green light, a police officer said.

Asked about the fact that it is illegal to carry a pillion passenger on a bicycle, the officer said: 'We will also look into this.'

In the first three months of this year, three cyclists were killed and 289 injured in 333 accidents.

In the same period of last year, 321 cyclists were hurt in 351 accidents but there were no fatalities.

Yesterday was the last day of a nine-day safe-cycling campaign launched by police on April 21. Offenders were given verbal warnings in the first four days of the campaign and stringent action was taken against offenders from Saturday to yesterday.

According to police, common offences include carrying a passenger, carrying animals or articles that obstruct the cyclist's view, riding on footpaths and riding without lights.

In a separate case, a 46-year-old motorist was arrested for drink-driving after a collision between his Mercedes-Benz and a taxi at the junction of Austin Road and Chatham Road South in Tsim Sha Tsui at about 3am. He was unhurt.

The taxi driver, 56, who passed a breathalyser test, was treated for minor head injuries at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The police figures showed that 45 people were killed in 38 fatal traffic accidents in the first three months of this year. There were 37 people killed in 37 fatal traffic accidents in the same period last year.

Litany of death

Forty-five people were killed in 38 traffic accidents in Hong Kong in the first three months of this year

In the same period, 333 accidents involving cyclists injured 289 people and killed: 3