Tragic last run for 87-year-old

Local | Sophie Hui 14 Aug 2020

An 87-year-old runner died when he was sent flying through the air and landed 18 meters away after being knocked down by a coach in Kowloon Tong yesterday.

The victim, Au, was declared dead at 8.37 am after being sent to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung.

At about 6.55 am, a 49-year-old driver, Tsang, was driving a 27-seat public bus at high speed along Cornwall Street eastbound, police said.

Approaching the junction of Cornwall Street and Tat Hong Avenue near the City University's student residence halls, the bus knocked down Au, who was crossing the road.

"The pedestrian was hit and sent flying, and landed some 18 meters away," said senior inspector Chan Chiu-hung of the special investigation team of traffic for Kowloon West. The man suffered serious head and shoulder injuries.

Police said initial investigation showed the empty bus was crossing the road at a green traffic light.

"The speed limit is 50 kilometres per hour. It's believed the driver had broken the speed limit," Chan said.

"We will conduct an investigation on the speed of the bus, the driver's driving attitude, road conditions, as well as checking camera footage," Chan said.

Officers also believed the victim was running at the time as he was wearing a blue T-shirt, dark-colored shorts and a pair of black running shoes, and could be a resident of the area.

The man was also carrying two car keys and two home keys.

The front of the bus was damaged and the windshield broken.

There were blood stains on the road and his belongings were scattered on the ground, including his earphones, a radio, blue cap and glasses.

Officers said the man did not have any identification documents but his relatives later identified him. Police are now appealing for eyewitnesses to contact them.

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