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Off-duty Police Tactical Unit officer killed in multi-vehicle crash in Sha Tin

Victim, 28, was on motorcycle heading home on Tai Po Road

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 October, 2017, 8:43am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 October, 2017, 2:24pm

An off-duty officer from the Police Tactical Unit was killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Sha Tin on Tuesday night.

The 28-year-old constable from the New Territories South police unit was headed to his Fanling home on his motorcycle at about 7.50pm, after finishing a shift at the squad’s headquarters in Tsuen Wan.

He was northbound on Tai Po Road near Wo Che Estate when he slowed down due to traffic conditions, as did the two cars behind him in the same lane.

But a third approaching car did not decelerate sufficiently and hit the vehicle in front of it, pushing it forward and causing a chain collision.

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The officer was thrown to the ground after being struck by the car directly behind him, and he was run over. His crushed helmet was seen nearby.

He was later confirmed dead by paramedics at the scene.

The driver of the third car behind the victim was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital with minor injuries. The front of his vehicle was severely damaged.

The 52-year-old man was arrested for dangerous driving causing death.

As of Wednesday morning, he was still being held for questioning and had not been charged.

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According to police, the suspect was likely to be released on bail as investigators needed more time to gather evidence.

All the drivers involved passed breathalyser tests.

The victim had been with the force for about two years

Traffic accident investigators from the New Territories South region are handling the case. Police appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at 3661 1300 or 3661 1348.