Date
19 January 2017
Firemen try to free a man who was trapped underneath the car at Lok Fu Plaza on Thursday. Photo: RTHK
Firemen try to free a man who was trapped underneath the car at Lok Fu Plaza on Thursday. Photo: RTHK

Six injured, former star tutor arrested in Lok Fu car crash

Six people were injured when a Mercedes Benz driven by a former star tutor apparently ran out of control as it was leaving Lok Fu Plaza on Thursday night.

The car rammed the carpark gate of the mall and crashed into another private vehicle and a group of minibus passengers, before finally stopping at the foot of the mall’s escalator, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The driver, former Chinese-language tutor Chau Kan-choi, 60, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

It was suspected that the driver might have hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes, Apple Daily said.

One of those injured was a man who was knocked down by Chau’s car as he was coming down the escalator and was trapped underneath the vehicle.

He was eventually freed by firemen and was still conscious while being rushed to the hospital.

Some passers-by said they thought it was a terrorist attack.

According to Ming Pao Daily News, the accident happened around 7 p.m. as Chau was leaving Lok Fu Market where he picked up some ingredients for dinner.

He said he made every effort to stop the car but failed.

The car was manufactured in 2008 and registered as a new car in February 2009.

Chau gained popularity for his Chinese-language courses tailored for students to excel in open examinations. 

He joined King’s Glory Educational Centre in 2003 and moved to Modern Education two years later, where he became one of the top earners in the private tutorial sector.

He retired as a tutor last summer and has since been serving as a consultant for Modern Education.

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