A 19-year-old man lay dead in the middle of a road in Ngau Chi Wan in the early hours of Sunday after he was run over by a taxi, but whether his death was caused by the taxi remained unclear.
The taxi driver, 68, said he was cruising on New Clear Water Bay Road with two passengers at 1:48 a.m. when he felt he ran over “some object” near the intersection of Fung Shing Street, news website hk01.com reports.
He stopped the vehicle and got off to check. He saw a man lying in a pool of blood.
Police and paramedics who arrived at the scene said the man’s head and limbs were broken, and certified that he was dead.
Investigators contacted the man’s family and learned that the victim, surnamed Chan, had been beside himself since he lost his job as a construction worker, Headline Daily said.
They suspected that he had been hit by another car before the taxi ran him over because no dent was found on the vehicle.
Some drivers reportedly said they saw the man lying on the road minutes before the accident.
Police are calling on people who witnessed the incident to come forward and provide information.
While the actual cause of death is still to be determined, barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung told Ming Pao Daily that the taxi driver, who was not arrested, could still be charged with careless or dangerous driving since a driver is obliged to avoid hitting a person whether dead or alive.
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