Cyclist in critical condition after Shau Kei Wan crash

The 46-year-old man was found lying unconscious near his bicycle outside Shau Kei Wan Jockey Club Clinic on the westbound lane of Chai Wan Road early on Wednesday morning

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 August, 2016, 3:19pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 August, 2016, 10:30pm

A cyclist was fighting for his life in hospital after he apparently lost control of his bicycle and crashed into a concrete barrier in Shau Kei Wan on Wednesday morning.

Emergency crews were called after the man, surnamed Tai, 46, was found lying unconscious near his bicycle outside Shau Kei Wan Jockey Club Clinic on the westbound lane of the sloping Chai Wan Road shortly before 5.45am.

“The man was bleeding from the head and had lost consciousness,” a police spokeswoman said.

The rider was taken to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan, where he was in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon.

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According to police, no identification documents were found on the cyclist, but officers later established his identity.

Officers from the Hong Kong Island Traffic Unit are investigating the cause of the accident.

Separately, another cyclist, 28, escaped serious injuries in a collision with a private bus at the junction of Hoi On Road and Lai Chi Road in Tsuen Wan at about 8am.

“Initial investigation showed the rider fell off his bicycle in the collision with the private bus, suffering scratches to his limbs,” the spokeswoman said.

The cyclist, an expatriate, was taken to Yan Chai Hospital for treatment.

According to police, the driver of the private bus, aged 46, passed a breathalyser test.

The two accidents happened about a week after police carried out a one-week citywide enforcement operation on safe cycling to raise public awareness of the issue.

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According to police, there were 983 traffic accident involving bicycles causing 1,012 casualties in the first six months of this year. Police handled 1,275 traffic accidents involving bicycles with 1,320 casualties in the same period last year.

“Six cyclists died in the accidents and five of them aged 59 and above, causing an increase of 50 per cent when compared with the same period of 2015,” police said in a statement.

In February, a 60-year-old construction worker riding his bicycle to work was killed instantly when he was hit by a truck in Kwun Tong.

Police figures show that 62 people died in 60 fatal road accident across the city in the first seven months of this year. Seventy five people were killed in 74 fatal traffic accidents in the same period of last year.