Motorcyclist dead, passenger and bicyclist in hospital after collision in Mong Kok

Deceased, 61, sustained serious injuries after crashing into man on bicycle who was on a food delivery run

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 January, 2017, 10:31am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 January, 2017, 1:37pm

A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a man riding a bicycle on a food delivery run in Mong Kok early Monday morning.

A motorcycle driver, 61, and his passenger were heading towards Tai Kok Tsui on Argyle Street in Mong Kok when they collided into a man on a bicycle at a junction with Reclamation Street at 6am, according to a police report.

The motorcyclist, who sustained serious head injuries and was unconscious, was sent to Kwong Wah Hospital in Yau Ma Tei where he was later certified dead.

“The deceased was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident,” Yung Pak-kuen, a police officer with the investigation and support division of the Kowloon West regional headquarters, said.

Yung said the motorcyclist was of South Asian descent and was understood to have had an exemption from wearing a helmet by Transport authorities due to religious grounds.

As of December 31, 2006, authorities had granted 324 individuals exemptions from wearing protective helmets. The Commissioner for Transport grants exemptions on an individual basis.

The passenger and bicyclist were sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei.

Police have reopened three lanes on Argyle Street which were closed off this morning.

Officers were investigating whether traffic signals were not followed. They urged the public to come forward with any details about the accident and to call 3661 9000 with information on the case.

Additional reporting by Clifford Lo