Date
23 June 2017
The Tesla car's GPS function enabled the man's girlfriend to locate him at Hung Hom Pier. Photos: Google Maps, HKEJ
The Tesla car's GPS function enabled the man's girlfriend to locate him at Hung Hom Pier. Photos: Google Maps, HKEJ

Man struck by heart attack located by girlfriend via car’s GPS

A 35-year-old hair stylist was found dead inside his Tesla car at the Hung Hom Pier on Sunday night, after his girlfriend tracked the location of the electric vehicle using its built-in GPS search function, Headline Daily reports.

The man, surnamed Chung, had been suffering from a heart disease and had undergone a surgery at a young age.

Chung and his 35-year-old girlfriend surnamed Chan had planned to get married in January next year.

Chan said she was supposed to meet Chung in Tsim Sha Tsui at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

But he failed to show up and did not respond to her calls and text messages.

Chan first thought Chung might be tied up at work, but her suspicion grew that something untoward might have happened after six hours of anxious waiting.

Chan came to think of Tesla’s GPS feature and was able to locate the car, which Chan bought for HK$740,000 earlier this year, at the Hung Hom Pier.

Chan rushed to the scene and found her boyfriend slumped at the driver’s seat and unconscious.

She called the police and Chung was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for resuscitation. He was pronounced dead shortly after.

Police officers found a small amount of painkillers, a pair of sneakers and a cup of drink inside the car.

It is believed that Chung might have felt unwell and decided to take a rest at the pier but fell into a coma.

While police officers were investigating at the scene at around 1 a.m. on Monday, a male passerby told them that he, his wife and their son had seen the Tesla parked at the same spot the night before at around 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., Apple Daily reported.

The man thought the driver was merely taking a rest and he even stopped his son who wanted to touch the car.

He said he regretted not checking with the driver, which could have saved him.

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