Date
21 July 2017
CCTV video footage (inset) shows the two students shortly before the motorbike crashed into a roadside fence in Kaohsiung. Photos: dbc.com, Apple Daily
CCTV video footage (inset) shows the two students shortly before the motorbike crashed into a roadside fence in Kaohsiung. Photos: dbc.com, Apple Daily

HK student, roommate die in motorbike crash in Kaohsiung

A 21-year-old Hong Kong student enrolled at a university in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung died in a motorbike accident along with his roommate early on Saturday, Apple Daily reported Monday.

The accident happened around 3 a.m., when the Hong Kong student, surnamed Ng, and his 21-year-old Taiwanese roommate, surnamed Wu, were heading back to school after having an evening snack in downtown Kaohsiung, Apple Daily reported.

The two were said to be freshmen at the Department of Fashion Design at Shih Chien University.

Police said the motorbike crashed into a roadside fence, throwing the two students up in the air before they fell on the ground four meters away.

Responding paramedics rushed them to separate local hospitals where they were pronounced dead.

Tests showed the two did not consume any alcohol hours before the accident. An autopsy of the bodies was to be conducted to determine the cause of the accident.

Video footage from a roadside surveillance camera only showed the two students riding the bike, but the images were too blurred to tell who was the driver. No footage of the actual crash was available.

The Hong Kong immigration department said Ng’s parents had asked for its assistance and had flown to Kaohsiung to take care of the post-mortem arrangements for their only son.

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