Date
23 March 2017
The Yamaha MT-09 bike lies on Route Twisk after crashing into a Toyota Picnic van. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily
The Yamaha MT-09 bike lies on Route Twisk after crashing into a Toyota Picnic van. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily

Helmetless Malaysian killed in Tai Mo Shan motorcycle crash

A Malaysian tourist was killed after the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a seven-seater van in Tai Mo Shan on Monday morning, while his driver sustained severe head injuries, police said.

The 26-year-old man, surnamed Toh, was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred, Apple Daily reported, citing a senior inspector from the New Territories South Regional Police Headquarters.

Investigation showed that Toh and a dozen of friends were having a party Sunday night before they went to a tea house in Chuen Lung Village.

After the gathering ended early Monday morning, Toh rode on a motorcycle driven by a 34-year-old friend, surnamed Suen.

As the Yamaha MT-09 heavy bike was cruising down a slope toward Tsuen Wan on Route Twisk at about 8 a.m., it was suspected that the bike lost control at a curve, causing it to swerve onto the opposite lane and collide with a Toyota Picnic van.

The crash threw Toh eight meters away while Suen also fell off the bike with his head hitting the ground.

Toh was already dead when paramedics arrived at the scene, and Suen, who was in a coma with multiple fractures, was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later regained consciousness.

The 21-year-old female driver of the van, which was seriously damaged as a result of the accident, was also sent to hospital with minor injuries.

Police categorized the case as deadly traffic accident and contacted the Consulate General of Malaysia in Hong Kong to notify Toh’s family.

According to Road Traffic (Safety Equipment) Regulations, both the driver and passenger of a motorcycle are required to wear helmets. Offenders face a fine of HK$5,000 (US$645) and three months in prison.

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