Elderly Hong Kong woman dead, coach driver arrested following hit-and-run in Kwun Tong

Police catch driver in Wan Chai, just hours after the incident

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 January, 2017, 9:12pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 January, 2017, 10:06pm

Police have arrested a coach driver in Wan Chai following a fatal hit-and-run in Kwun Tong on Tuesday, which left an elderly woman dead.

The woman was struck outside the Tai On Building in the southbound lane of Hong Ning Road shortly before 2pm, according to police.

“Someone called police to say a coach had knocked down a woman and then driven off, leaving her lying in the road,” a police spokeswoman said.

Emergency crews arrived and found the 88-year-old woman, surnamed Cheung, lying unconscious on the road with her walking stick and bag beside her.

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The woman was taken to the nearby United Christian Hospital, where she was declared dead.

As a result of the accident, part of Hong Ning Road, near Yee On Street, was closed to traffic for more than two hours.

By about 4pm, officers from the Kowloon East special traffic investigation unit had tracked down the vehicle, which was parked near Wah Yan College on Queen’s Road East, near the junction of Stubbs Road, Wan Chai.

Police towed the coach to a government vehicle facility for further examination.

The police spokeswoman said the male driver was found nearby and later arrested in connection with the fatal traffic accident.

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In a separate incident, a minibus driver, 69, and his three female passengers were injured when their vehicle collided with another car head-on at the junction of Clear Water Bay Road and Fung Shing Street, Choi Hung, at about 11.20am.

The man and three women were treated for minor injuries at United Christian Hospital.

Police said drivers of both vehicles passed a breathalyser test and no arrests were made. Traffic officers are investigating the cause of the accident.

Figures show 108 people died in 105 fatal traffic accidents on Hong Kong’s roads the first 11 months of 2016, up from 103 deaths in 102 accidents during the same period in the previous year.