Hong Kong police

Top Hong Kong officials pay respects at funeral of police officer killed on duty

Senior Constable Lum Hoi-wan was standing behind a police van when he was hit by a truck

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 April, 2018, 3:06pm
UPDATED : Monday, 23 April, 2018, 10:41pm

Hong Kong police officers and government officials paid their last respects on Monday to a senior constable who was killed on duty after dealing with a separate traffic accident last month.

Lum Hoi-wan, 51, was hit by a truck and killed in the early hours of March 22 as he was preparing to pack up and leave the scene of an accident on the East Kowloon Corridor near Wo Chung Street in Hung Hom. He had just dealt with an accident involving a Mercedes-Benz running into the side of the road.

Lum, a 30-year veteran, was standing behind a police van when he was hit. He was not wearing a reflective vest but the van had a flashing blue light on, and there was reflective lettering on his jacket.

He was given an official police funeral with full honours and laid to rest at Gallant Garden, a plot of land reserved for civil servants who lose their lives on duty, in Wo Hop Shek Public Cemetery, Fanling. 

The hearse passed by the scene of the fatal crash and the Traffic Kowloon West Operational Base, where Lum worked.

Attending the funeral at Universal Funeral Parlour in Hung Hom were Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu and Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo Wai-chung.

Lum, the father of a 19-year-old son, joined the force in 1988. His two brothers also serve, as a senior constable and a sergeant.

He was the fourth police officer to die on duty since 2011.