Disabled student dies after being hit by car in Ngau Tau Kok, driver arrested

The 19 year old, who was studying a commercial and retailing service course at the Shine Skills Centre in Kwun Tong, was knocked down and killed on Wednesday afternoon

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 September, 2016, 9:31am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 September, 2016, 4:41pm

A 19-year-old student from a vocational school for the disabled was hit and killed by a car when he was crossing a busy Ngau Tau Kok road on Wednesday.

The student was crossing Ngau Tau Kok Road near Ngau Tau Kok MTR station when the seven-seater, which had just come out from the Lotus Towers residential estate and was making a right turn onto a westbound lane of the road, knocked him down and ran over him at about 4.35pm.

The man sustained severe head and chest injuries.

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About 10 pedestrians tried to lift the car and free the man, who was lying in a pool of blood.

He was taken to Kwong Wah Hospital, where he was declared dead at 6.09pm.

The 43-year-old driver passed a police breath test, but he was arrested for dangerous driving causing death.

The front of the car was seriously damaged in the crash.

The young man had been studying a commercial and retailing service course at the Vocational Training Council’s Shine Skills Centre in Kwun Tong, which offered training programmes for people with disabilities aged 15 or above.

The only child lived with his 69-year-old father, a retired driver, and 41-year-old Indonesian mother in Fu Keung Court in Lok Fu.

The location of the crash was not a designated crossing place but was frequently used by pedestrians.

The special traffic investigation team from Kowloon East police was investigating. Anyone who witnessed the accident is urged to contact investigating officers on 2305 7500.

Eric Siu Hing-wah of the Fu Hong Society, a non-profit organisation which provides community support services to people with mental or physical disabilities, said the risks of traffic accidents were the same for all pedestrians, regardless of disability, if traffic rules were broken.

He urged local District Councils to report accident blackspots or illegal crossing problems to the relevant government departments and the police.

“They could also consider putting up traffic warning signs, similar to those erected near schools, near institutions for the disabled,” he said.

Of the 20,381 road traffic casualties in 2015, more than 500 involved people crossing the road without paying heed to traffic and 82 involved jaywalking, according to the Transport Department.