Lee's taxi was found on 513 Queen’s Road West, Sai Wan. Photo: Google Maps

A 49-year-old Hong Kong taxi driver who insisted on going to work despite being ill lost contact with his family last Friday morning. He ended up being found dead inside his vehicle in Sai Wai later that evening.

At 8am on Friday, cabbie Lee Tim-tai was last heard, telling his wife on the phone that he was feeling unwell due to a fever and needed to stop at the roadside for a rest, Ta Kung Pao reported.

Lee shortly became unreachable by phone, prompting his wife, who resides in Lo Wu, to call for assistance from relatives. Some taxi drivers also joined in the search.

Around 12 hours later, Lee was found lying unconscious in his taxi parked on 513 Queen’s Road West. Police found the engine and the air-conditioning of the vehicle still on, plus bread, water and a box of pills along with the man.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and rushed Lee, who had no pulse and had reportedly stopped breathing, to Queen Mary Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Apple Daily reported that Lee was a hard-working cabbie who worked 15 hours a day, 25 days a month to support his mother, wife, two-year-old daughter, plus an elder brother with an underlying illness. 

Preliminary police inquiries suggested that Lee’s sudden death may have been triggered by health problems. There did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

A post mortem will be conducted to determine his cause of death.

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