A 10-year-old boy died after being hit by a car while he was walking to school in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Thursday morning. A 9-year-old boy was also hit and suffered light injuries.
Police arrested the driver of the car, Kazuhiro Sano, who is a 29-year-old junior high school teacher, NTV reported.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 7 a.m. on a narrow road near Katahama Station on the JR Tokaido line. The children were at the edge of the crossing at a T-junction when they were hit by the car, police said. They were taken to hospital where the 10-year-old boy, Eito Shimano, was pronounced dead.
Witnesses were quoted by police as saying that Sano's car crossed the center line. After hitting the children, the car rammed into a brick wall outside a house, NTV reported.
Sano, who told police he drove about 40 kilometers to and from his school each day, was quoted by police as saying he was exhausted and lost concentration.© Japan Today