Date
26 May 2017
Fragments of Chan's camera and other equipment after the accident on Mody Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photos: Google Maps, Facebook/Hideman Tai
Fragments of Chan's camera and other equipment after the accident on Mody Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photos: Google Maps, Facebook/Hideman Tai

Wedding photographers help colleague injured by hit-and-run taxi

A 28-year-old wedding photographer, hospitalized after sustaining serious injuries from a traffic accident, was beside himself with gratitude for the kindness of total strangers.

On Monday night the man, surnamed Chan, left a Tsim Sha Tsui hotel, where he was working for a wedding ceremony, to buy extra batteries for his cameras, Headline Daily reports.

As he was crossing Mody Road, at a section where there was no pedestrian crossing, a taxi suddenly came and hit him.

The driver fled the scene, leaving Chan seriously injured with his camera and other photographic equipment scattered across the street.

A passerby saw him and called for an ambulance.

At the hospital, he was placed in the intensive care unit because of his critical condition.

With the help of several witnesses, police found and arrested the taxi driver in less than two hours after the accident.

The 56-year-old driver, surnamed Lo, said he was not aware he had hit someone.

After treatment, Chan was transferred to a general ward on Tuesday night.

He posted a message on his social media page, telling his friends about what had happened.

Saying that he was fine, he thanked all those who had helped him, adding that he had temporarily lost some of his memory because of the accident.

Meanwhile, a long-time friend of Chan’s, who is also a wedding photographer, learned of what had happened.

The friend, who calls himself Hideman on social media, decided to call on other wedding photographers to help Chan by taking over the work that he was scheduled to do but could not attend to on account of the accident, news website hk01.com reported.

More than 20 wedding photographers volunteered to do Chan’s commitments for free for as long as half a year or until he is able to return to work, according to Hideman.

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