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Search for identity of suspected jaywalker who died after being hit by Hong Kong taxi

No identity documents on pedestrian in road fatality that took place in the heart of the city’s business district and led to driver’s arrest

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 April, 2018, 6:14pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 April, 2018, 11:29pm

Police were trying to establish the identity of a suspected jaywalker in Hong Kong who died after being knocked down by a taxi in the heart of Hong Kong’s business district before dawn on Wednesday.

After the road fatality, police arrested the taxi driver on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death. The 42-year-old suspect was released on bail pending further investigation. He must report back to police next month.

The incident happened outside the Hong Kong Club building on the westbound lane of Connaught Road Central. The victim was crossing the road at 5.14am.

Suffering serious head injuries, the pedestrian was taken unconscious to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai, where he was certified dead at 5.34am.

He was estimated to be about 30 years old and 1.74 metres tall, with short black hair and a dark complexion, according to the force.

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“He was wearing a dark-coloured sweater, light-coloured jeans and white sports shoes,” police said in a statement. “No identity document was found in his possession.”

The taxi driver suffered minor arm injuries and was treated at Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact police at 3660 6848 or 3660 6849.

According to police figures, 36 people died in 17 traffic accidents across the city in the first two months of this year, including a bus crash in February where 19 people were killed and more than 65 injured.

Last year, 108 people died in 104 traffic accidents in the city.