8-month-old Hong Kong baby flung from car during accident in critical condition, police arrest father on suspicion of dangerous driving

An eight-month-old Hong Kong boy remained in a critical condition on Monday after he and a domestic helper were flung from a car which hit a concrete road barrier the previous day, prompting police to arrest his father on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Police said they received a report on Sunday afternoon that a vehicle had slammed into a road barrier while it was travelling along Tolo Highway towards Sheung Shui.

The father, 52, was driving the car and travelling with the child’s mother, the helper, 28, and another woman.

“The domestic helper sitting in the back seat was holding the baby,” a police spokesman said. “They were thrown out of the car during the accident as the vehicle door opened.”

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The father reported feeling chest pain after the crash and the woman suffered neck discomfort. Both were sent to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Tai Po.

The baby sustained head and arm injuries, while the helper hurt her head, arm and leg and was in a serious condition. The 32-year-old mother reported feeling chest pain. They were all sent to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin.

A hospital spokesman on Monday afternoon said the infant remained in a critical condition in the paediatric intensive care unit. The helper was in the adult intensive care unit.

The father was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.


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