A woman was killed and four other persons seriously injured after a car hit them on the sidewalk and then plowed into a clothing store in front of JR Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo on Sunday night.
Police said Monday they have arrested the driver of the car, Shoichiro Kaneko, 53, on a charge of negligent driving resulting in death and injury, Fuji TV reported.
Kaneko, who is a doctor, was quoted by police as saying that he had no memory of the incident as he had been dozing off at the wheel at the time when he drove his car into a Zara store on the first floor of a building in Ikebukuro.
Five men and women pedestrians ranging in age from their 20s to 70s were injured. Of the five, Toshiko Ebata, 41, suffered a severe cranial fracture and died in hospital early Monday morning, police said.
According to police, Kaneko had been exiting an underground car park in front of Ikebukuro Station just before the accident. Witnesses said that he stopped his car for a moment, before then accelerating approximately 50 meters forward onto the sidewalk and then into the front of the shop.© Japan Today