A 70-year-old woman was crushed to death by a private car in Wong Tai Sin yesterday. She ended up sandwiched between a road railing and the vehicle.
It is believed the driver, surnamed Yiu, 41, stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal. He was arrested for dangerous driving causing death and is being detained for further inquiries.
Police said Yiu was travelling along Fei Fung Street toward Ming Fung Street at about 11.1am when the accident happened.
As the car was turning into Ming Fung Street, it knocked down the woman who was crossing the road with her husband and son. The woman, surnamed Lau, was crushed between the vehicle and a road railing.
The woman was rushed unconscious to Kwong Wah Hospital, where she was certified dead.
The front of the car was badly damaged. The road railing was broken.
A witness said the car was originally driven by another man. But he needed to go to the toilet. He parked the car on Fei Fung Street. His brother, Yiu, took over the wheel before the accident happened. A source said Yiu has a licence but had not driven for a long time.
The accident is being investigated by the special investigation team of Traffic, Kowloon East.
Police urged anyone who witnessed the accident or has any information to offer to contact the investigating officers.
Paul Law Siu-hung, president of the International Professional Insurance Consulting Association, said there is a certain risk to driving someone else's car.
He said even though most of car insurance policies will compensate for accidents caused by a person who is not the car owner, there may be an extra excess of the uninsured portion for the owner to pay.
The maximum penalty for dangerous driving causing death, under the Road Traffic Ordinance, is a fine of HK$50,000 and imprisonment for 10 years.
Those convicted will be disqualified from driving for not less than five years if it is a first conviction