A 12-year-old boy died after being hit by a car in front of his elder brother as he ran onto the road from the pavement to catch a bus to school in Sai Kung yesterday.
Police arrested the 46-year-old driver of the black Ford Focus on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Wong Ho-fung, a Form One pupil at Ma On Shan St Joseph's Secondary School, and his brother, 13, were walking to a bus stop at Sai Sha Road from his home in Sai Keng Tsuen just after 7am.
As the brothers were about seven metres away on the other side of the road, they saw a double-decker bus pull over, police said. Senior Inspector Vincent Wong Kwok-yan of the New Territories South traffic unit said the younger brother ran off the pavement to cross the road, and the approaching car, failing to brake in time, hit the boy.
"An initial investigation showed he was trapped under the car and dragged about 30 metres before it stopped," he said.
Ho-fung, who suffered serious head injuries, was taken unconscious to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, where he was declared dead at 7.39am.
Teacher Chan Wai-cheuk said the school was saddened by the boy's death.
"He was a cheerful and polite student and had a good relationship with his schoolmates," he said, adding that clinical psychologists and social workers would offer counselling to the boy's brother, also a pupil in the school.
Yesterday afternoon, the driver, a clerical worker, was granted police bail. He has to report back in January. His vehicle was towed away for examination.
Police said the site of the accident was not a traffic black spot. There are no pedestrian-crossing facilities in the vicinity. Senior inspector Wong said colleagues from the road maintenance office would look into the matter.
The New Territories South traffic unit is investigating whether the car was travelling beyond the 50km/h speed limit. Witnesses are asked to contact police at 3661 1300.
Police figures show 101 people died in 99 traffic accidents in the first 10 months of this year.