Brave cancer patient faces down drunk in stolen taxi at Star Ferry Pier

Heroic Hongkonger blocked vehicle then tussled with intoxicated driver wielding umbrella after crash at bus terminal

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 May, 2014, 3:26pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 May, 2014, 3:08am

A cancer patient faced down a drunk in a stolen taxi who had crashed the vehicle outside the Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui in the early hours of Friday morning.

Lo Kam-shing, 55, stood in front of the taxi and ordered the driver out, before grappling with the intoxicated man until officers arrived to make an arrest.

Lo, who has a form of throat cancer, was hit in the face with an umbrella during the tussle. Asked if he had been worried for his safety when facing down the taxi, Lo replied: “Scared of what? I am not afraid of death.”

The drama began at about 1.30am on Friday morning when a 43-year-old man stopped a taxi on Jordan Road near the junction with Woosung Street in Yau Ma Tei, according to police.

He allegedly threatened the 59-year-old taxi driver with a key, police said, and ordered him to leave the vehicle. The suspect then jumped into the taxi and drove off.

About 10 minutes later, the taxi arrived at the Salisbury Road bus terminal outside the Star Ferry Pier in TST and crashed into railings and a concrete pillar.

Seeing the crash, Lo rushed forward to stop the taxi speeding off again.

“I ordered him to get out,” Lo said. The man refused, but then exited the taxi and began swinging an umbrella at Lo.

A struggle ensued before officers arrived and arrested the 43-year-old.

The suspect took a breathalyser test which revealed that he was four times over the legal breath-alcohol limit, according to a police source.

He was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, theft, driving without a licence and driving without third-party insurance, a police spokeswoman said.

Lo said he was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 but is “still surviving”.

“No matter if I have cancer or not, I speak out against wrongdoing,” he said.

He was discharged from nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital after receiving treatment for injuries to his face.

Around 1pm, the arrested man was still being questioned at Tsim Sha Tsui police station. He has not been charged.