Alleged Hong Kong gang member hijacks passing car to escape scene of fatal crash
Motorcyclist killed in collision with suspect’s seven-seater car; driver and passenger of hijacked vehicle escape unhurt
Police are searching for a suspected triad member after a predawn hit-and-run collision took the life of a motorcyclist on Tuesday.
The seven-seater white Toyota Alphard, was allegedly driven by a Wo Shing Wo triad member at the time of the crash, on the New Territories-bound part of the Tsing Kwai Highway at about 4.45am.
Closed-circuit television footage showed that the car rammed into the back of a motorcycle at high speed, causing it to fall and slide more than 80 metres.
The motorcyclist, Wu Man-yuen, 52, was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung with severe head injuries where he later died.
A police source said the car was going at least 120km/h, well above the legal limit of 80km/h.
After the crash, the car slammed into a concrete barrier and bounced into another lane, where it spun at least twice.
Police said the driver grabbed a bag and jumped out of the vehicle before it burst into flames.
He then hijacked a passing car to escape before the authorities arrived.
“He claimed to be a triad member and ordered the newly qualified driver to take him to Tsing Yi,” a source said.
More than 3km from the scene of the crash, the alleged gangster got out at a service station on Tsing Yi Road and fled on foot shortly before 5am.
Police described the suspect as in his 30s, about 1.8 metres tall, of “strong build”, wearing a black T-shirt and carrying a shoulder bag at the time of the incident.
“It is possible the driver was high on drugs or drunk,” a police source said.
The driver of the hijacked car, 28, and his male passenger were unhurt.
Police sources said the car involved in the crash was registered to an unlicensed Hong Kong woman who works for a Macau VIP casino junket operator.
Officers went to her home in Sha Tin, but failed to locate her.
A 47-year-old man was arrested in his Kowloon City home in connection with the case before midday yesterday, but he is not suspected of being the driver.
Sources said he was one of several men wanted by police in connection with the case.
Officers from the Kwai Tsing district anti-triad squad are investigating.
Witnesses are urged to call officers on 3661 1300.