A 29-year-old French cyclist died on Sunday following a head-on collision with a car in the southeastern part of Hong Kong Island.
The victim, who was identified as Hugo, was riding his bike to Shek O via Shek O Road when the collision took place.
According to reports, the brakes of his bike — a B’Twin FC700 — malfunctioned at a turn near Cape D’Aguilar Road at around 8 am, causing the Frenchman to crash into an oncoming private car.
Following the accident, the man, who was a engineer by profession, fell into a coma and was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The cyclist is believed to have suffered serious injury to his chest which may have caused internal bleeding, Apple Daily reports, as it pointed out that the man’s helmet was found undamaged.
As for the car driver, a 58-year-old female surnamed Lee, she escaped unhurt in the accident but her vehicle suffered minor damage.
The woman passed the alcohol breath test.
Sundays’ incident marked the second traffic accident in Shek O this month involving a bike.
Ming Pao Daily News quoted Kenji Leung Chi-yin, a former Hong Kong cycling team member, as saying that despite the rain yesterday, the weather was OK for cycling.
On March 4, a 51-year-old Swedish woman who had been cycling near the crossing at Cape D’Aguilar Rd and Shek O Road collided with a private car and fell into a coma.
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