A 23-year-old motorist was killed when his car smashed through roadside railings and overturned in Cheung Sha Wan yesterday.
Siu Hong-seng, a hotel receptionist, was driving to work in To Kwa Wan from his home in Sha Tin when the Honda Civic careered off Tai Po Road at 6.30am.
The car crashed through a four-metre stretch of railings and a traffic sign before it overturned, rolling onto its roof against the side of a hill near the junction with Caldecott Road.
"The heavy impact crushed the right front door inward," senior inspector Sun Lun-yum of Kowloon West traffic unit said. "The driver suffered serious head injuries when his head hit the door."
Firefighters freed Siu from the wreckage and he was taken to Caritas Medical Centre where he was declared dead at 7.47am.
He lived with his father, stepmother and half brother.
Police said the wet, slippery road surface and the high speed Siu was travelling at contributed to the crash. "There was a shower of rain before the accident. The road was wet and slippery," the senior inspector said. "Witnesses to the incident told officers that the car was going fast at the time."
The scene of the crash was not considered an accident black spot, said police, who have asked anyone with information to call 2773 5262 or 2773 5281.
At about 2pm yesterday, a woman crossing Shek Kip Mei Street in Sham Shui Po was hit by a truck and died. Last night, police were still trying to establish her identity. Officers said she was about 70 years old.
A 53-year-old truck driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death.
The Kowloon West traffic unit is investigating.
Eighteen people died in 18 traffic accidents in the first three months of this year. Throughout last year, 130 people were killed in 128 accidents. In 2012, 120 people died in 116 accidents.