A man who helped a hit-and-run suspect flee the scene of the accident is facing a fierce backlash from netizens but the victim’s brother is thanking him for having captured the driver on his dash cam, leading to his arrest.
The 36-year-old victim, surnamed Wu, died in hospital, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The suspect, apparently drunk while driving a Toyota Alphard van, clipped Wu’s motorcycle in Tsing Kwai Highway in Kwai Chung early Tuesday morning.
The impact caused the van to burn and the motorcycle was mangled.
Police later identified him through the dash cam video as a gang member, surnamed Kwok.
A passing motorist, surnamed Lau, stopped and tried to help the victim but Kwok ordered him to remain in the car and drive him to the nearest gas station where the latter fled on foot, the report said.
Netizens condemned Lau for aiding and abetting a criminal, instead of helping the victim get emergency assistance.
In a Facebook post later that evening, Lau apologized, saying he had been forced to drive the suspect, fearing for his life.
He described Kwok as big, strong and menacing.
Police arrested Kwok in his Wang Toi Shan flat in Yuen Long after a brief stand-off in which the latter threatened to kill himself by drinking acid.
They impounded the van and traced it to a Macau casino company which uses it to pick up gamblers.
Wu’s brother said he could not blame Lau because the suspect would not have been found so soon if not for the former had not stopped and his dash cam had not recorded the incident.
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