Hong Kong police are appealing for witnesses to a motorcycle crash in the New Territories that claimed the life of a 19-year-old rider on Wednesday night.
The Kawasaki Ninja driven by Ip Shing-ngai was travelling along Bride’s Pool Road in Tai Po heading towards Sha Tin when the mishap occurred soon after 10.30pm.
While near the area of Chung Mei, the rider lost control of the motorbike and hit a roadside barrier, throwing him four metres down a slope. The Kawasaki ran for a distance on the road before coming to a stop.
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Ip was found unconscious at the scene when emergency personnel arrived. He was taken to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Tai Po where he later died.
Police on Thursday appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact the force at 3661 3800. Officers from the New Territories North traffic unit are investigating the cause of the incident.
The narrow, winding Bride’s Pool Road, nestled in Tai Po’s scenic Plover Cove Country Park, is popular with drivers, riders and cyclists, and is also known to be a venue for illegal races.
Two motorists on October 31 were killed and five people injured when a Lamborghini and two other cars crashed on Bride’s Pool Road.
The New Territories North crime unit set up a task force earlier this year to combat illegal racing after observing that some motorists usually emerged in groups to drive their expensive cars at high speed at night or in the early morning, and post online videos of their thrill-seeking acts.
As part of such efforts, officers from the task force regularly check online websites for race videos and step up patrol of areas such Tolo Highway, Bride’s Pool Road and Route Twisk, which are notorious black spots for illegal racing.
Days after the team was formed, its officers arrested 10 people and impounded nine luxury sports vehicles on January 10 and 11 after an online video emerged of some supercars racing on Fanling Highway in Tai Po on January 2.
The suspects included a doctor and several merchants and the vehicles impounded by police included four Lamborghinis, a Ferrari, a McLaren and a Porsche.
Eight of the suspects were accused of taking part in an illegal road race while the remaining two were detained for aiding and abetting the activity. The offences carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail.
In the first four months of this year, 26 people died in road traffic accidents across the city.
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