Date
28 May 2017
A granite rock smashed through the windshield of the Mazda van, hitting the driver in the head, as it was cruising along the West Kowloon Corridor in Cheung Sha Wan. Photos: RTHK
A granite rock smashed through the windshield of the Mazda van, hitting the driver in the head, as it was cruising along the West Kowloon Corridor in Cheung Sha Wan. Photos: RTHK

Driver killed by flying rock in freak accident

A 60-year-old man was killed when a block of granite smashed through the windshield of the van he was driving and hit him in the head, police said.

The impact caused the driver to lose control of the seven-seater Mazda, which crashed into a roadside fence on the Mei Foo-bound lane of the West Kowloon Corridor, near The Pacifica residential project in Cheung Sha Wan, at around 6:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Apple Daily reported.

The man, said to be a retired police officer, died on the spot from a head injury.

Sun Lun-yum, acting chief inspector of the Traffic Kowloon West special investigation team, said the rock, weighing around 4 kilograms and measuring six inches long and four inches wide, could have come from a passing construction truck or the exterior wall of a nearby building.

Police found the van was still on D gear, which indicated that it was in full speed when the stone hit the driver and apparently killed him instantly.

Sources said the victim drove his wife to work in the morning and was returning to their home when the accident happened.

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