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Australian arrested after fatal Hong Kong taxi smash

AFP , HONG KONG

An Australian man has been arrested in Hong Kong after the driver of a taxi he was traveling in died following a crash, police and reports said yesterday.

The man, who was named by the Sunday Morning Post as Kelsey Michael Mudd, 22, was held after the crash early on Saturday morning, police said in a statement.

The Post, citing police sources, said there had been a dispute between the driver and Mudd before the incident in Hong Kong’s Central district at 3:30am.

The car smashed into the central railings and then hit three taxis traveling in the opposite direction, the police statement said.

The passenger then moved into the driver’s seat and drove off on the wrong side of the road, before hitting another taxi, the police statement added.

A police spokeswoman said yesterday she was unable to confirm the nationality of the man, only that he was a foreigner. He was arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without authority and drink driving, police said.

The 58-year-old driver of the taxi, along with two other taxi drivers and the passenger, were taken to hospital following the crash. The taxi driver was certified dead a few hours later.

The Post named him as Wong Chi-ming and said he was married and had a son and a daughter.

The paper said police were looking into the possibility that Mudd could be charged with murder.

Photographs in the newspaper show the bloodied face of a passenger, with captions identifying him as Mudd.

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