BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) According to the website of the Hong Kong Star Island Daily, a 24-year-old Mainland woman traveling to Hong Kong from Foshan, Guangdong, was hit by a glass window falling at the Meihua Hotel on Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Hong Kong on the morning of the 21st. She was rushed to hospital in a coma and died at noon. Hong Kong police arrested a cleaning woman suspected of falling from a height.
Aluminum windows and window frames were inspected by Hong Kong police. Photo Source: Hong Kong Ming Pao / Photographed by Lin Zhijie
The incident occurred around 10 a.m. on the 21st, when a cleaning worker opened a 144 cm long and 30 cm wide window in a room on the 16th floor of the Meihua Hotel, the window suddenly fell and hit the hostess who was passing through Nathan Road. After that, the fragments of the glass windows were scattered, ranging from about 6 meters to 6 meters.
Reportedly, after the incident, several police officers went to the scene to search for evidence, including checking the fingerprints on the window frames, broken glass, and picking up the window frames and the coats left by the dead woman. The serious case team of the police took over the investigation.
The 24-year-old woman, surnamed Zuo, who died unfortunately, went shopping with her boyfriend from Foshan on the morning of the 21st, and was hit by a falling aluminium window as she passed the scene.
Chen Jiaying, senior inspector of the Youjianwang Police District Serious Cases Unit, said that guests could not open the glass windows of the hotels involved by themselves. Only hotel staff had specific keys to open them.
Chen Jiaying also pointed out that the glass window involved fell when the cleaning woman tried to push it open, and that it fell as soon as the window was opened. She said that the damage to the windows had not been confirmed and further tests were needed.
When asked whether there was smoke in the room, Chen Jiaying said that further investigation was still needed. She also said that the man with the female deceased was slightly injured and was discharged after being sent to hospital for treatment.
Meihua Group issued a statement expressing its deep sorrow for the incident and offering its deep condolences to the families of the deceased. The hotel is actively cooperating with the police in their investigation. It also said that it will try its best to provide assistance if necessary.
Mainland women who went shopping in Hong Kong were killed when they were smashed by hotel windows
At about 10 a.m. local time, a window of a hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, fell from a high altitude and hit a passing Mainland woman, causing serious head injuries. She was hospitalized and died. Several Hong Kong media reported that the seriously injured woman was from Foshan, Guangdong Province. She arrived in Hong Kong from Foshan on the morning of 21 to prepare for shopping. She was hit by a glass window that suddenly fell from the hotel height at about 10 a.m. when she was passing through the Meihua Mall. She fell unconscious with a severe head injury and was later rushed to hospital for rescue. Subsequently, the local hospital authority confirmed that the woman died after rescue.