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Filipina dies in Taipo traffic mishap

30 October 2018

By The SUN
The car that hit the victim and a nearby traffic light post.
(Photo by Joan Chan) 

A Filipina domestic worker who was hit by a private car in Taipo on Sunday night, Oct 28, has reportedly died from her injuries at about 7am the next day.

A police spokeswoman confirmed her death, and said they are still investigating the accident.

The victim, identified in reports as a 55-year-old Filipina domestic worker, has been named by some of her friends on Facebook as Tess Hernandez, from Mindoro island.

Officials at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office say her family has already been informed.

The police said the accident happened at about 11pm Sunday night, when the car driven by a 38-year-old local man named Fung was traveling along Ting Kok Road towards Tai Mei Tuk.

The woman was reportedly knocked down by the car as it approached Shuen Wan Lei Uk.

Paramedics surround the victim before she was taken to hospital
(Photo by Joan Chan)
The spokeswoman said the victim sustained multiple injuries and was rushed to Prince of Wales Hospital in Shatin in unconscious state. She was certified dead at 6:56am on Oct 29.

Fung also suffered injuries from the accident but refused to go to the hospital. He later left the scene, the officer said.

He was not arrested and no charge was laid against him.

Officers of the Special Investigation Team of Traffic, New Territories North, are said to be still investigating.

Earlier, local newspaper reports said the car was a white Honda with a ‘P” (driver is on provisional license) plate.

The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle, collided with a safety island and a traffic light before hitting the woman,
sending her flying about 10 meters.

Reports about the accident spread after photos taken by a Joan Chan appeared on Facebook, along with a one paragraph report of the accident.

A woman is seen lying in the middle of the road while a car was resting on its side after apparently flipping. A broken traffic light pole is seen a few meters away.

In another photo, traffic officers or medics surrounded the victim while apparently waiting for an ambulance to take her to hospital.

The accident came nearly a year after another Filipina domestic worker from Bohol, Geraldine Betasolo, was also killed after being hit by a van in Taipo.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the accident or has any information to offer to contact the investigating officers at 3661 3818 or 3661 3819. 


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