Hung Hom in Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps

A 40-year-old domestic worker shielded her employer’s four-year-old son from serious injury when they were hit by a driver backing up car in Hung Hom in Kowloon on Tuesday.

The maid, whose nationality was not disclosed by the police, and the boy surnamed Lau went out for lunch about noon. They walked to the intersection of Bulkeley and Ming On streets, when a private car on Bulkeley Street began backing up – without the driver being aware of the pair behind the car, Oriental Daily reported.

The maid immediately grabbed the boy and held him tight. Both were hit by the vehicle and fell on the ground before the 28-year-old driver surnamed Chow stopped his car.

The maid injured her legs but the boy was only scratched. Both were sent to hospital by ambulance.

Police arrived and investigated the accident. Chow passed a breath test for drugs or alcohol, Ta Kung Pao reported.

It is not known if police planned to charge the driver.

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