Taxi driver arrested for hit-and-run death of elderly woman in Sau Mau Ping

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 September, 2013, 5:56pm
UPDATED : Friday, 06 September, 2013, 6:21pm

A taxi driver who is accused of speeding away after his cab hit and killed an elderly woman in Sau Mau Ping last month was arrested by police on Friday morning.

The 58-year-old-man was being held for questioning in the afternoon but had not charged, according to police.

A police spokesman said the suspect might face three charges – dangerous driving causing death, failing to report an accident and failing to stop after an accident.

Government chemists are checking his taxi, which has been impounded at a government vehicle plant in Ho Man Tin.

Senior Inspector Chiu Lap-wah of Kowloon East traffic unit said initial investigation showed the cab had been repaired recently. “We will check with the garage involved,” he said.

On August 18, Tam Wu-woon, 74, was crossing Shun Ching Street, Sau Mau Ping at about 6am when she was knocked down by a taxi. She was later declared dead in United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong.

Police said investigation showed an urban taxi sped away before policemen arrived.

After police made a public appeal for information, a witness came forward and contacted police on August 25 but he could only identify two numbers in the number plate of the taxi involved in the fatal crash.

Police then set up a special investigation team after identifying more than 100 taxis using Transport Department records

In the past two days, officers interviewed more than 100 taxi drivers and checked their cabs to see whether the vehicles had any suspicious damage.

One of these cabbies, the 58-year-old, was arrested at about 4am on Friday after he arrived at the headquarters of Kowloon East traffic unit in Kowloon Bay.

Chiu said investigation showed there was a male passenger on board the taxi when the accident happened on August 18. The passenger was picked up in Tsing Yi at about 5.30am on that day and got off at Shun Lee Estate in Sau Mau Ping. Police urged him to contact them on 2305 7606 or 2305 7500.

Latest police figures show that 74 people died in 73 accidents in the first eight months of this year.