Driver of BMW arrested after cyclist killed in Kowloon Bay crash

Rider, who was a student and auxiliary policeman, was knocked down at about 11pm on Shing Fung Road on Wednesday night

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 November, 2016, 10:39am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 November, 2016, 10:55pm

A driver was arrested on Thursday afternoon on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death after the black BMW sedan he drove collided head-on with a young cyclist near the Kai Tak cruise terminal in Kowloon Bay, who was later pronounced dead.

The 23-year-old rider sustained severe head injuries in the accident which occurred at about 11pm on Wednesday on Shing Fung Road.

He was declared dead at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital a few hours later.

The victim, Leung Wing-hon, was a Shue Yan University student and an auxiliary policeman who was stationed at Ma On Shan police station.

Leung was cycling with his younger brother, Leung Wing-pan, 20, and their male friend, 24, at the time of the accident.

Initial investigations showed that the car, which was travelling east towards the cruise terminal, tried to overtake a bicycle using the opposite lane and then ploughed into the three cyclists, according to a police source.

“[Leung] was thrown into the air, hitting the car’s windscreen and roof before landing behind the vehicle,” the source said. He was taken unconscious to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei, where he was declared dead shortly before 4am on Thursday.

The force of the collision wrecked his bicycle, leaving the front wheel deformed and detached. The car, whose windscreen was smashed and roof dented, was taken to a government vehicle plant in Kowloon Bay for examination.

Leung’s younger brother and their friend escaped serious injures. The two were sent to the United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong, where they were discharged after treatment.

The 44-year-old BMW driver, who works in an interior decoration company, passed a breathalyser test after the accident. He was not injured and was allowed to leave after helping with police investigations.

But before lunchtime, he felt unwell and sought treatment at the United Christian Hospital, where he was later arrested by police. By 5.30pm, the man was still being held for questioning and had not been charged.

The police source said the car displayed a “P” plate at the time of the crash, but the driver was not holding a probationary licence.

Officers from the Kowloon East Traffic special investigation unit are investigating the case. Police said the site was not a traffic black spot and appealed for witnesses to contact officers on 2305 7500.

With a 900m straight road, the location is popular among leisure cyclists and motorists alike as it is far from urban traffic. However, the lack of fixed speed cameras has led to illegal racing activities being held in the area from time to time.

Police figures showed 89 people died in 86 fatal traffic accidents in the first nine months of this year.