The accident in which a man and his baby were killed last week when a truck reversed into them was one of more than 4,000 accidents involving pedestrians on Hong Kong's roads each year. Lin Che-kiang, 36, was carrying 11-month-old daughter Yan-ting across Po Hing Fong in Mid-Levels on Friday when he was struck by a truck driven by a Water Supplies Department contractor. Police said the truck apparently made no audible warning as it reversed. Police figures show that, in the past three years, the number of pedestrians killed by drivers has fallen. In 2003 there were 4,517 accidents involving pedestrians, in which 99 died; in 2004 there were 4,577 such accidents and 96 deaths; last year there were 4,404 accidents, with 78 deaths. A fatality is far more likely when a pedestrian, rather than another driver, is hit. Although there were more than three times the number of accidents involving two vehicles than there were involving a vehicle and a pedestrian last year - 15,062 in all - they resulted in only 139 deaths. The 26-year-old driver of the truck that killed Lin and his daughter has been charged with dangerous driving causing death. One witness to the morning rush-hour accident described the scene as the most horrible she had ever seen. Clement Chung Kam-hung, the principal development officer with the Hong Kong School of Motoring, said common sense could have averted the tragedy. Mr Chung, who worked for more than two decades as a driving instructor, said the distance spent reversing had to be minimised at all times. It was always safest when reversing to have a partner in the vehicle. 'You have to go at a very slow speed, spending one or two seconds scanning your mirrors, never fixing your eyes to one spot,' Mr Chung said. The radio should be off and the windows down so you are well aware of surrounding noise. 'It really is common sense and understanding that what you are doing is dangerous,' he said. Mr Chung said the driver should have tried another way of manoeuvring the vehicle by driving forward and trying to turn it around. But speed was the crucial factor in most pedestrian accidents. 'If you are in a big hurry, you can get yourself into trouble,' he said. 'A vehicle can easily be turned into a killing machine.'