Date
28 July 2017
A 20-year-old man was killed and his companion seriously injured after their car fell off the road in Taipo on Thursday. A similar accident happened near the same spot in 2013 (inset), killing two people. Photos: Ming Pao
A 20-year-old man was killed and his companion seriously injured after their car fell off the road in Taipo on Thursday. A similar accident happened near the same spot in 2013 (inset), killing two people. Photos: Ming Pao

Young driver killed, companion injured in Tai Po car plunge

A 20-year-old man was killed and his 33-year-old companion was seriously injured after their car plunged off Bride’s Pool Road in Tai Po in the early hours of Thursday, Ming Pao Daily reported on Friday.

The driver, who died on the spot, was believed to be using his father’s car, a red 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10.

Initial investigation showed that the two victims were chatting with two other friends at a pavilion on Bride’s Pool Road at around 3 a.m. on Thursday, before they decided to go to Tai Po to buy snacks.

The driver apparently lost control of the sports car near a water pumping station on Mei Wu Road, causing it to ram into two trees before falling off an eight-meter slope.

Rescuers found the car turned upside down at the bottom of the slope and the two men unconscious.

The driver was dead despite repeated resuscitation efforts, while the passenger was rushed to the Prince of Wales Hospital.

According to Ringo Lee Yiu-pui, chairman of the Institute of the Motor Industry Hong Kong, the spot where the accident happened was a sharp bend and could be difficult to negotiate for new drivers.

Given the driver’s age, he probably obtained his driving license less than two years ago, Lee estimated.

He said the sports car, which has a lightweight body design and up to 280 horsepower, could be difficult to maneuver at high speed.

On Oct. 29, 2013, a 28-year-old man and a woman passenger were killed aboard a Mitsubishi Evolution 9 at a nearby spot, the report said.

– Contact us at [email protected]

EL/AC/CG

EJI Weekly Newsletter

Please click here to unsubscribe