A 39-year-old man ran toward an oncoming taxi and crashed head-on into the vehicle in Mid-Levels East on Saturday.
A video of the incident, taken from the taxi’s dashboard camera, has gone viral on local social media, Apple Daily reports.
The victim, surnamed Lee, works as a cleaner at Carnation Court on Tai Hang Road, and lives with his parents in Wan Chai.
He apparently wanted to cross the street to get to a bus stop when the incident happened at around 4 p.m.
Lee suffered bruises in the forehead and cuts in both legs.
The 56-year-old taxi driver surnamed Lo said the man appeared to have intentionally run toward his vehicle and dived into the windshield, causing it to crack on impact.
Upon hitting the taxi, Lee fell on his back, crawled to the sidewalk, and walked away. He was taken to hospital.
Some netizens suspected that Lee intentionally ran into the vehicle to claim compensation for injuries, something that has happened several times in the mainland.
But at the hospital, Lee told reporters: “I would not risk my life this way.”
“I just wanted to catch the bus, so I ran across the road without noticing the taxi was coming,” he said.
It was learned that Lee was hit by another taxi near the Hong Kong Stadium in Wan Chai a few years ago.
His waist was hurt in that incident and was able to claim more than HK$10,000 from the Traffic Accident Victims (Assistance Funds).
However, he told reporters he wouldn’t claim compensation from the fund or the driver in the latest incident, admitting that it was his fault to run across the street without first looking at the traffic.
Police said the case was listed as “injuries in a traffic accident”, adding that they saw no instance of fraud.
An employee at the management office of Carnation Court said Lee has been working as a cleaner in the building for two months, and was performing normally in his job.
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