Date
18 October 2018
The collision occured at an intersection near Argyle Street in Mong Kok. A crash helmet exemption certificate issued by the Transport Department
Photos: tvb.com
The collision occured at an intersection near Argyle Street in Mong Kok. A crash helmet exemption certificate issued by the Transport Department Photos: tvb.com

Sikh motorcyclist killed in Mong Kok collision

A 61-year-old Indian man was killed after his scooter collided with a delivery bicyle in Mong Kok.

The man, surnamed Singh, died from serious head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet, Sing Tao Daily reports. 

The accident occurred at an intersection near Argyle Street when Singh was traveling toward Tai Kok Tsui with a passenger at about 6 a.m. on Monday.

The delivery bike driver was heading toward Sham Shui Po along Reclamation Street.  

The 34-year-old passenger and the bicycle driver, 61, were injured and were brought to hospital where they are in serious but stable condition.

Singh, who was wearing a turban, was exempt from donning a helmet for religious reasons, the report said.

Singh and his passenger were thrown off the scooter by the impact, with the former landing 10 meters away.

The passenger, who was wearing a helmet, sustained wounds to his limbs.

Singh was rushed to Kwong Wah Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

Singh, a Sikh who lived with his family in Yau Tong, had been a permanent Hong Kong resident and had a license for his motorcycle, police said.

Helmets are compulsory for all drivers of motorcycles and bicycles.

There are 558 exemptions, all but one being for religious reasons, according to the Transport Department.

Sikh tutor Gurmel Singh said followers must wear a turban as well as bring a comb with them at all times.

Chandni Buri, a social worker, said wearing a turban is of utmost importance to Sikh members as it symbolizes “God’s love”.

Many believe it will protect them from the dangers of the road.

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