Off-duty Hong Kong policeman arrested over crash that killed man on motorcycle
The incident was the second death on city roads in the past four days
An off-duty Hong Kong police officer was arrested late on Tuesday evening after the car he was driving collided with a motorbike earlier in the day, killing its rider.
The incident, the second death on the city’s roads in the past four days, occurred outside a service station on the Sha Tin Heights section of Tai Po Road soon after 3.30pm.
The officer, who has not been named, has been cooperating with investigators, according to sources.
Police said after the vehicles collided, the motorbike mounted the pavement before slamming into a traffic sign.
Its rider, a 53-year-old man, was sent unconscious to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, where he was declared dead at about 4.15pm.
Police said the officer complained of injuries and was sent to the same hospital for treatment.
He was later arrested over dangerous driving causing death, and released with the requirement to report back to authorities next month.
On Saturday, a 57-year-old man died after he lost control of his car and crashed into a railing near Sun Tin Wai Estate on Lion Rock Tunnel Road in Sha Tin. Four female passengers, between the ages of 35 and 63, were injured and treated at Prince of Wales Hospital.
According to police figures, 36 people died in 17 traffic accidents across the city in the first two months of this year, including a February bus crash in which 19 people were killed and more than 65 injured.
Last year, 132 people died in 129 traffic accidents.