Date
18 January 2017
Police have arrested a minibus driver who knocked down a 79-year-old man over the weekend. The accident victim had been a resident of an elderly home. Photos: tvb.com
Police have arrested a minibus driver who knocked down a 79-year-old man over the weekend. The accident victim had been a resident of an elderly home. Photos: tvb.com

Man, 79, fatally hit by minibus after straying from elderly home

A senior citizen who walked away from a home for the elderly died after being knocked down by a minibus in the early hours of Sunday in Ngau Tau Kok.

The victim, 79, was hit by a minibus at around 2 am as he walking on Chun Wah Road near the Lok Wah Shopping Centre.

The man, who had a cognitive disorder, suffered head injuries. He was certified dead at United Christian Hospital, RTHK reports.

The senior citizen had been a resident of the Sheng Kung Hui Good Shepherd Home for the Elderly at Lok Wah South Estate.

It is believed that he wandered out of the premises before meeting with the accident.

A spokeswoman for the elderly home said it is not known how the inmate managed to leave the facility undetected.

Security is tight and people have to swipe a card to get in and out of the premises, she said.

According to the spokeswoman, a person named Chow Mee-tim, there had been four workers on duty during the night.

When the staff performed a routine check, the man was asleep.

An investigation will be carried out now to determine how he managed to walk away.

Police have arrested the minibus driver on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death.

RTHK cited Welfare Secretary Matthew Cheung as saying that he is concerned by the case. Officials will contact the elderly home to find out what happened, he said.

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