Pedestrian killed in busy HK street after window falls out of 16th-floor room of hotel made famous by Edward Snowden

22-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM Print This Post

A 25-year-old woman from mainland China has died after being hit by a window that fell out of room on the 16th floor of a Hong Kong hotel.

The victim, who a police source said arrived in the city on Monday morning from Foshan, Guangdong province, with her boyfriend and some friends, was walking along Nathan Road in the busy shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui when she was struck outside The Mira Hong Kong shortly before 10.30am.

She was rushed to Queen Elisabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei but died at 12.16pm, a Hospital Authority spokesman said.

A police source said it seemed the window was being cleaned just before it fell out and officers are understood to have arrested a 38-year-old female hotel cleaner in connection with the incident.

The Mira Hong Kong offered its condolences and said it was helping police investigate.

“We will make every effort to assist [the victim's] family,” the hotel said in a statement.

The incident occurred near the junction with Kimberley Road, opposite Kowloon Park, and about 300 metres from Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station.

A section of the pavement, and Nathan Road southbound, was cordoned off by police.

The Mira Hong Kong was the centre of global attention in 2013, when NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden spent three weeks there before fleeing the city for Russia.


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