Date
22 October 2017
The minibus (inset) was found in a garage in Ma On Shan with some repairs done to the front of the vehicle. Photos: tvb.com
The minibus (inset) was found in a garage in Ma On Shan with some repairs done to the front of the vehicle. Photos: tvb.com

Police hunt on for hit-and-run minibus driver

Police are looking for the driver of a minibus van who fatally knocked down a road maintenance worker in Kowloon Tong and drove away.

The 42-year-old victim, surnamed Tam, was declared dead on arrival at a hospital, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

He suffered severe head injuries. He had a wife and three sons.

The incident happened in Waterloo Road near the Hong Kong Baptist University at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday. 

The victim was wearing a reflective vest and a helmet and there were warning signs and traffic cones around him, investigators said.

Witnesses said they heard a loud thud and saw a minibus speeding away from the scene.

They found the victim unconscious on the ground.

With the help of security camera footage and leads from witnesses, the police traced the suspect’s vehicle to a minibus operator in Sham Shui Po.

It was found in a garage in Yiu Sha Road in Ma On Shan the next day but the whereabouts of the driver were unknown, according to Ming Pao Daily.

Investigators found a repaired dent on the left front of the vehicle, along with a left headlight cover that had been replaced.

A broken headlight cover was found inside the vehicle. It was towed away for further investigation.

The victim’s widow appealed to the driver to turn himself in and the police are asking potential witnesses to come forward.

Barrister Albert Luk told Apple Daily that the driver could face charges of dangerous driving causing death, attempting to pervert the course of justice, leaving without stopping after causing an accident and failing to report to police after causing an accident.

He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the first two offenses alone.

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