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Top officials express condolences after police constable killed in fatal car crash

A police constable has been killed in a fatal traffic accident in Hung Hom on Thursday morning.

A 51-year-old senior traffic police constable named Lum Hoi-wan had just finished handling another traffic accident on Chatham Road North near the bridge at Fat Kwong Street when he was hit by a 5.5 tonne truck around 5am.

The officer suffered a serious head injury and was sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he passed away. He is survived by his wife and son. A 59-year-old driver was arrested for dangerous driving causing death.

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Police Commissioner Stephen Lo speaking to reporters outside the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

Police Commissioner Stephen Lo told reporters outside the hospital that police officers face unpredictability and danger every day. “This morning, I lost a very good colleague who was dedicated to his duties,” he said, expressing sorrow at the accident.

“[D]rivers must have a responsible attitude, no matter what vehicle you’re driving – bus, truck or private car – because an act of negligence can affect the happiness of an entire family,” he said.

Lo said it was his second time visiting a hospital in a week. Two police officers were injured last Thursday after a drunk man snatched a gun from them and fired three shots.

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Photo: Lai Fun Tsang, video screenshot via Facebook.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she was saddened by the death of the officer and expressed her deepest condolences to his family. “The Civil Service Bureau and the police will make every effort to support the family.”

She also commended the police force for their professionalism and bravery, and for serving the public even when their duties involve danger.

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung and Secretary for Security John Lee have also expressed condolences to Lum’s family.

Top officials express condolences after police constable killed in fatal car crash