A man from the mainland in Hong Kong died on Friday morning after he attacked a cab driver, took control of the vehicle and crashed it into the back of a broken-down car in the road.
SCMP reports that the crash occurred on the Tolo Highway in Tai Po around 5 a.m. Two people in the other car were injured, according to police, but the man’s reason for hijacking the cab is unknown.
Police say the man, who arrived in Hong Kong on Boxing Day, hailed the cab early yesterday outside the American consulate in Central, asking to go to the Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint. While in the Tai Lam Tunnel in Yuen Long, the passenger suddenly slapped the driver in the back of the head, forcing him to stop near the tunnel exit and escape on foot.
The passenger took the wheel and crashed into the seven-seater car which was stopped in the slow lane of the Tolo Highway, near Kwong Fuk Estate. The man was cut out of the car by rescue teams and later declared dead in Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long.
The taxi driver was treated for minor head injuries from the incident.
“He suddenly became very emotional and attacked the taxi driver,” said Chief Inspector Simon Peng Chuen-kwong.
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