Date
28 July 2017
A bicycle lies on the road in Chai Wan after a freak accident.  The cyclist sustained head injuries and is in critical condition. Photo: tvb.com
A bicycle lies on the road in Chai Wan after a freak accident. The cyclist sustained head injuries and is in critical condition. Photo: tvb.com

Cyclist in coma after Chai Wan Road accident on new bicycle

A 46-year-old warehouse worker is in critical condition with serious head injuries after he lost control of his newly bought bicycle on a sloping road in Chai Wan. 

The man, surnamed Tai, was riding his HK$10,000 (US$1,290) Italian-made Wilier Montegrappa bike down Chai Wan Road when the incident occurred at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Apple Daily reports.

Tai was thrown off the bike and hit his head on the curb, about 200 meters from his home, according to investigators.

He was found unresponsive by paramedics and was brought to Eastern Hospital where he remains in a coma.

Tai suffered a fractured skull, even though he had a safety helmet on.

Police are investigating whether the accident was due to a malfunction or was intentional.

A cycling expert said Chai Wan Road is challenging even for professional bikers because of the tricky terrain and dangerous downslope.

Meanwhile, a foreign cyclist sustained minor injuries after his triathlon bike was bumped from behind by a tourist bus in Tsuen Wan. 

The bus driver passed an alcohol test and the victim was taken to hospital fully conscious.

Six people have died and more than 1,000 injured in 983 road accidents involving bicycles in the first half of the year, according to official figures.

Both numbers are down from the same period last year.

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