Hong Kong minibus driver arrested after vehicle hits and kills schoolgirl, 15, in Tsz Wan Shan

Accident took place on Sheung Fung Street, outside St Bonaventure College and High School, where victim studied

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 April, 2017, 11:35am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 April, 2017, 10:43pm

Police have arrested a 61-year-old minibus driver for dangerous driving causing death after a student was killed in a collision with the vehicle in Tsz Wan Shan shortly before 8am on Tuesday morning.

The fatal accident took place on Sheung Fung Street outside St Bonaventure College and High School, where the 15-year-old girl, surnamed Chiu, studied.

The driver, surnamed Wong, was driving the green minibus along the northbound lane. The vehicle reportedly knocked down the girl, who was crossing the road at the junction with Lung Fung Street.

“The girl, who was on the way to school, rushed out to the road from the right side of the minibus. The driver could not brake in time and hit the girl,” said Cheung King-man, senior inspector from the traffic investigation and support division in Kowloon East region.

“The girl was trapped under the right front wheel and suffered multiple injuries to her head and limbs.”

Some passers-by rushed to the nearby Our Lady of Maryknoll hospital and asked for doctors to come and provide first aid.

The police received multiple calls about the accident at 7.58am and sent officers, firefighters and paramedics to the scene.

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The girl was unconscious and taken to Caritas Medical Centre in Cheung Sha Wan for treatment but was declared dead shortly after arrival.

Cheung added that the junction was not an accident black spot.

The minibus had just left the Wong Tai Sin terminus when the accident happened.

The driver passed a breathalyser test and is being detained for further investigations.

St Bonaventure College and High School expressed sorrow over the death of its pupil and said in a statement that the school had activated emergency response procedures.

“We will assist students who may suffer from emotional trauma,” the statement read.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact investigating officers.

In January, a Citybus driver was arrested after a crash that caused the death of a 42-year-old woman and left 17 other passengers injured.

The cross-harbour bus overturned near Lei Yue Mun Road near Lam Tin MTR station public transport interchange.

Last year, the city recorded 16,099 traffic accidents, of which 129 were fatal, claiming 132 lives.