Van slams into pedestrian kicked onto road

Top News | Michael Shum 9 Apr 2021

A man allegedly kicked a 61-year-old pedestrian onto the road, where he was slammed by a van, in To Kwa Wan yesterday.

The victim, Mak, was waiting at a pedestrian crossing at the junction of Kowloon City Road and Ma Tau Kok Road when he was allegedly kicked by Chong, 47, who then fled but was arrested at Kowloon City ferry pier. He was held at a police station last night.

Mak was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for injuries on his neck, shoulders and waist after he was hit by the van. He was in serious condition.

Passersby who saw Chong run reported him to police, who arrested him on suspicion of wounding and inability to produce personal identification documents. Police are investigating whether he suffers from any mental illnesses.

A witness, Lee, said Chong also assaulted two secondary school students earlier in the day at Pau Chung Street. But the two left in a hurry and did not report the incident, Lee added.

Lee said he saw Chong kick Mak onto the road. "The victim was kicked very hard from the back. He was sent flying onto the road," he added.

A worker from a nearby restaurant said Chong roamed around the area and always acted strange.

Chong also usually wandered into many restaurants nearby but would not buy anything, according to restaurant staff.

Operators of two other restaurants said Chong had dined at their establishments without paying.

This is the second incident in two months in which pedestrians were forced onto the road.

On February 16, three female office workers were pushed from behind at a North Point pedestrian crossing. No vehicle was approaching at the time.

The three were hospitalized with minor injuries. A man later pleaded guilty to pushing them and is currently serving a four-month hospital order.

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