Elderly man dies, woman hurt in road accidents

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 August, 2010, 12:00am

A 76-year-old man died in hospital last night from injuries he suffered when he was knocked down hours earlier by a vehicle in Sha Tin.

Police arrested the driver, a 55-year-old construction contractor, on suspicion of dangerous driving. He was released on bail of HK$5,000.

The victim was on his way to Ngau Pei Sha New Village at about 10.45am when the incident happened.

Police said he was knocked down when a construction contractor reversed a four-wheel-drive vehicle into him. The victim suffered multiple fractures and was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital, where he was declared dead shortly after 8pm.

In another accident, a 72-year-old woman was unconscious after being hit by a truck on Tsing Yi Heung Sze Wui Road, Tsing Yi, at about 5pm. She was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital.

Meanwhile, police arrested nine motorists in a four-day crackdown on dangerous driving in New Territories North. In the operation, which ended at 2am yesterday, six cars were suspected to have been illegally modified and were impounded.

Of the nine men, aged between 19 and 48, four were held for dangerous driving and two for illegal racing. The others were held for driving under the influence of drugs, drink-driving or driving with a suspended licence. All were granted police bail.