Date
24 October 2017
Despite a warning sign about a treacherous slope, another accident has taken place on a road near the Plover Clove Reservoir. Photos: HK Govt, Google Maps
Despite a warning sign about a treacherous slope, another accident has taken place on a road near the Plover Clove Reservoir. Photos: HK Govt, Google Maps

Female cyclist, 18, dies after crashing into iron fence near dam

An 18-year-old girl died after a cycling accident over the weekend near the main dam of Plover Clove Reservoir in Tai Mei Tuk.

The girl, surnamed Lau, was found lying unconscious at about 7.30 pm on Saturday after she apparently crashed into an iron fence that leads to a narrow gate at the dam.

Some passers-by spotted her and alerted the police, news website hk01.com reports.

After arriving at the scene, police officers and paramedics sent the victim to the Prince of Wales Hospital.

At about 8.47 pm, doctors pronounced her dead due to serious head injuries.

Investigations revealed that Lau went to Tai Mei Tuk, along with some friends, for a leisurely ride to enjoy the beautiful view of the dam.

As she approached a slope to the gate, she apparently did not stop to walk her bicycle as suggested by a sign but instead chose to slide down on the path, leading to the deadly accident.

Yam Kai-bong, a member of the Tai Po District Council, said the slope where the accident took place is known for its dangerous curve and inclination.

Although there is a sign that advises cyclists to get off and walk their bicycles, few actually do so, he said.

Following the latest accident, Yam has called on authorities to add soft pads to the fencing to prevent deadly accidents.

Apple Daily, meanwhile, reports that Lau’s parents are finding it difficult to make arrangements for the daughter’s funeral as they don’t have enough money.

The parents’ combined income is said to be less than HK$10,000 a month.

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