Three of the drivers who were asked to form a roadblock during a police car chase in February said they are now facing prosecution, when in fact they were the victims of the incident in which they were hurt and their vehicles damaged, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
They were referring to the Feb. 11 incident, in which a motorcycle-riding traffic policeman chased a seven-seater van running at high speed on a Kowloon-bound lane of Fanling Highway.
The van’s driver had tried to avoid a police check, leading to the chase.
The van ended up crashing into several water-filled barriers on the roadside before hitting three other vehicles near Kau Lung Hang.
The van turned turtle as a result. Its driver was confirmed dead on the spot by paramedics, while five people suffered injuries as their vehicles were hit by the van.
The incident sparked criticism on social media after it was revealed that the traffic policeman had overtaken the van and told the other vehicles on the road to act as a roadblock to stop the fleeing van.
The drivers of the three vehicles accused the police department of unfair treatment, saying that while they were supposed to be victims, each of them received a “Notice of Intended Prosecution”, implying that they may be treated as defendants in the case.
One of the drivers, surnamed Wong, told media on Sunday that he has urged the police to explain what exactly happened and compensate him for his suffering.
Another driver, surnamed Lee, said he was injured in the incident and he is worried he might develop complications.
In response to inquiries about the incident, Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung said it is routine procedure to serve such a notice to drivers involved in an accident.
Lo said the investigation is still underway, adding that the traffic arm of the police department has formed a review committee to study whether there is a need to improve the guidelines and training for police officers with regard to intercepting vehicles, setting up roadblocks, and chasing vehicles.
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