A taxi driver was killed during an altercation with a passenger in Sai Ying Pun at around 5 am Tuesday. Police are investigating the incident as a murder case.
According to Ming Pao, the taxi was driving along Eastern Street near Queen’s Road West when the passenger allegedly used a hard object to strike the 48-year-old driver.
The driver got out of the taxi in an attempt to flee, but the passenger caught up and alleged attacked him again. Suffering a bloody gash on his neck, the driver collapsed after running around 20 meters.
Police and paramedics arrived at the scene after a passerby called for help. The driver was sent to Queen Mary Hospital, where he was certified dead around 6 am. The suspect, a Caucasian man in his thirties, is still on the run.
Pictures on HK01 show the vehicle—the wheelchair-accessible Diamond Cab—outside Ramada Hong Hong Harbor View Hotel on Eastern Street. Blood splatters can be seen on the ground.
The taxi meter displayed an HK$80 (US$10.30) total at the time.
Officers returned to the scene Tuesday morning with a police dog to collect evidence and fingerprints. Police also reviewed nearby CCTV footage, which showed the suspect wearing a black top and black pants.