A student from a school for the disabled died yesterday after he was hit by a car in Ngau Tau Kok.
Wong Hou-kin, 19, was walking from a traffic island to the other side of Ngau Tau Kok Road at around 4:35pm yesterday when a seven-seater car making a right turn struck him down, according to a police statement.
He was rushed to Kwong Wah Hospital with serious head and chest injuries and was certified dead at 6:09pm.
The van driver, a 43-year-old man surnamed Lam, passed a breathalyser test. He was arrested for dangerous driving causing death.
The gap in the railings was previously used by minibus passengers. Screenshot: Apple Daily
Wong, an only child, lived with his 69-year-old Chinese father and 41-year-old Indonesian mother in Lok Fu. He was taking a course on retail service for the disabled at the Vocational Training Council’s Shine Skills Centre in Kwun Tong.
Apple Daily reports that the 19-year-old was not using a designated crossing at the time of the collision. Former district councillor for Kwun Tong Wong Kei-ming told Apple Daily that the traffic island used to be a minibus stop, and had a gap in the railings for passengers to access the buses with ease.
The minibus stop moved to a different location in 2010, but the gap in the railings was never closed, leading to some pedestrians mistaking it for a crossing.
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