Police were on Tuesday investigating a mysterious incident in which a financial consultant died after running into a busy road in Central and being hit by a taxi.
The collision happened in the westbound lane of Connaught Road Central near the Hong Kong Club Building soon after 11.30pm on Monday, when the 45-year-old man ran out from Jackson Road.
Two taxis were approaching at the time of the incident.
“One of the taxis in the middle lane managed to brake in time, but the other cab travelling in the third lane hit him,” a police source said.
The source said the 60-year-old driver of the second taxi said he did not see the victim, as his view was blocked by the taxi in the middle lane.
The victim, surnamed Wong, suffered serious head injuries and was taken unconscious to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai, where he was certified dead at 12.30am on Tuesday.
The man, who lived with his wife in Tung Chung, Lantau Island, had gone to Central after having dinner with friends in Tsim Sha Tsui.
The police source said the victim’s act was “mysterious”, as he appeared to notice the two taxis approaching before dashing into the road.
No smell of alcohol was detected on him.
Police appealed for witnesses or anyone with information about the incident to contact officers on 3660 6814 or 3660 6848.
It was the city’s fourth fatal traffic accident in just 48 hours.
At about 8.50pm on Sunday, a 52-year-old female pedestrian died after being hit by a bicycle on Tai Wo Estate, Tai Po.
About two hours earlier, a 70-year-old man died in hospital after being hit by a minibus in On Sau Road, Sau Mau Ping.
At 9.25am on the same day, a 72-year-old cyclist died after a collision between his bicycle and a taxi in Tai Po Tai Wo Road, Tai Po.
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