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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Driver knocked down and killed on Hong Kong highway after collision moments before

Dash camera footage shows victim seen standing outside car and trying to settle road dispute

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 April, 2018, 9:59pm
UPDATED : Friday, 27 April, 2018, 3:59am

A driver with an artificial leg was knocked down and killed on a Hong Kong highway next to her car as she was talking with another motorist over a collision that had happened moments before.

The 48-year-old woman with a prosthesis on her right leg was driving along a lane of Yuen Long Highway towards Tuen Mun at about 1.40pm on Thursday.

She was said to have hit the rear of a light goods van that had stopped in the lane near Tong Yan San Tsuen after its 44-year-old male driver noticed metallic pipes measuring 2m in length and 30cm in diameter on the road.

In dash camera images circulating online, the female driver and the man were seen standing outside their vehicles and trying to settle the road dispute.

A green minibus on route 44A was then seen knocking the woman down. She collapsed on the ground, with her prosthesis sent flying metres away.

The 63-year-old male driver of the minibus stopped the vehicle about 20 metres away.

The woman was taken to Tin Shui Wai Hospital, where she was confirmed dead at about 2.46pm. 

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Her family told media she had begun wearing the artificial limb after a motorcycle accident in 1996 that led to the amputation of part of her right leg.

The van driver was treated for minor injuries in hospital.

Police were investigating, including looking at how the pipes ended up on the road.

The minibus driver was arrested for dangerous driving causing death, while the van driver was also arrested for dangerous driving and was said to have misled police.