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Traffic and road safety in Hong Kong

Drunk man dies after falling out of taxi on Hong Kong highway and being hit by other car

Police source says the man opened the door to vomit

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 June, 2018, 11:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 June, 2018, 1:27pm

A young man has died after being hit by a car on a Hong Kong highway, having fallen out of a taxi soon after midnight.

The fatal incident happened in Pat Heung in the New Territories at about 12.30am on Friday. A taxi driver, 54, was carrying the 28-year-old, who was said to be drunk, along Tsing Long Highway towards Yuen Long.

After the taxi left the toll booth near Tai Lam Tunnel, the passenger opened a car door and fell out of the vehicle. He was hit by a car trailing behind which failed to stop in time.

A police source said the man had opened the door to vomit.

After the victim was hit by the other car, a trail of blood and personal belongings including an umbrella, a bag and tissues could be seen on the road.

Unconscious and suffering serious head injuries, the man was sent to Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long. He died at about 1am.

The man had flagged down the taxi in Mong Kok and was on his way home to Yuen Long, the source added. The taxi driver later told officers there was a strong smell of alcohol on the man when he got in the cab.

Additional reporting by Clifford Lo