Date
22 July 2017
Lung Wo Road near Tamar Park where a young man practicing for the Marathon race was struck by a taxi in the wee hours on Tuesday. Photo: wikimedia
Lung Wo Road near Tamar Park where a young man practicing for the Marathon race was struck by a taxi in the wee hours on Tuesday. Photo: wikimedia

HKU student, 19, critical after accident while jogging at night

A 19-year-old university student is in critical condition in a hospital after he was hit by a taxi in the Admiralty area in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The victim, who bears the surname Cheung, was rammed by a taxi at around 1 am while crossing Lung Wo Road near Tamar Park, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

He suffered severe injuries and slipped into a coma following the accident. Rescue personnel rushed the young man to the Queen Mary Hospital where underwent brain surgery.

His condition is said to be still critical. 

According to the report, Cheung is year two engineering student at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He was believed to be practicing for the upcoming Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon when the accident took place.

The taxi driver, a 39-year-old surnamed Tam, has been arrested for “dangerous driving causing serious injury to others”.

Tam, who passed the screening breath test for alcohol, said Cheung appeared before his vehicle all of a sudden, leaving no time for the driver to apply brakes.

Cheung’s mother told Apple Daily that her son had been nervous about the marathon event that will be held this weekend, as the boy was forced to quit the race last year for some personal reasons.

Cheung has become a jogging fanatic, especially after living in one of HKU’s halls, his mother added.

Lai Tsz-ching, a classmate from his Engineering Society, pointed out that it was set to be Cheung’s maiden race in the competition, having signed up for the 10km competition with a few classmates.

Professor Louie Lobo Hung-tak from the Hong Kong Baptist University warned those who are training for the annual marathon race to be mindful of traffic during their practice sessions at night.

He called on runners to wear reflective jackets and hold flashlights to warn motorists.

Also, Lobo pointed out that human reflex could get slower due to fatigue after exercising, making it more difficult to react to sudden situations.

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