A Hong Kong taxi driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after his cab knocked down a 40-year-old man in the New Territories on Monday, leaving the victim in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Emergency personnel were called in shortly after 1am when the crash happened outside a shopping centre on Castle Peak Road in Tsuen Wan.
The taxi, driven by a 58-year-old man, was travelling towards Tuen Mun, police said. The victim hit the taxi’s windscreen before being bounced to the carriageway. He lost consciousness before officers arrived and was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung in critical condition.
A police spokesman said the taxi driver passed a breathalyser test but was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm by dangerous driving. Officers from the New Territories South traffic unit are handling the case.
Police figures for the first five months of this year show 560 people suffered serious injuries in 524 road accidents across the city.
Between January and May this year, 49 people died in 48 traffic accidents. In 2019, 113 people died in 107 road accidents.
Last December, six passengers were killed and 39 injured after a double-decker bus ploughed into a roadside tree in Sheung Shui. The impact ripped most of the bus roof off.
Separately, a 71-year-old taxi driver escaped unscathed when he veered to avoid hitting a dog and rammed his vehicle into a roadside flower bed in Choi Hung shortly before 6am.
The incident happened in the Wong Tai Sin-bound Lung Cheung Road near the junction with Hammer Hill Road. Police said the taxi driver passed a breathalyser test and was unhurt.
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