19-year-old arrested over fatal hit-and-run of 87-year-old woman


Police in Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture, have arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of reckless driving resulting in death after he hit and killed an 87-year-old woman.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 7:40 p.m. on Monday. Fuji TV quoted police as saying that the victim, Michiko Arai, was walking on a crossing on a narrow road when she was hit by a car that kept going. Early Tuesday morning, the suspect, who cannot be named because he is legally a minor, turned himself in at a police box in Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture, where he lives. He had been in Gunma to attend a Coming-of-Age Day ceremony on Monday.

Police said the suspect, who is a second-year private university student, has admitted to the charge and they are questioning him about whether he was intoxicated at the time of the hit-and-run.

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..the incident occurred at around 7:40 p.m. on Monday... Early Tuesday morning, the suspect, who cannot be named because he is legally a minor, turned himself in..

He wanted to sober up before turning himself in.

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He shouldn't have been drinking at all if he was a minor. The incident occurred at 7:40pm and he turned himself in early the next day. He should have been blood tested immediately to find ant alcohol in his system. However, now he will be locked in a cell and interrogated, intimidated and threatened until he confesses.

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A sad ending to a long life, and a sad start to one that had just begun. I wonder what kind of sentence he will get. Felony hit-and-run in the United States would lead to a lengthy prison sentence.

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Legally a minor, but attending a Coming-of-Age Day ceremony? Quite the oxymoron.

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One can take part in the coming of age ceremony if they turn 20 during that year. They would not have to be 20 at the time of the ceremony.

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Are you not an adult at 18 now...... fishing

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the suspect, who cannot be named because he is legally a minor,

So is he going to be tried as an adult or a minor in court? Because this is "Rick-diculous"

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OK, at least he turned himself in.

Now he has to live with the fact that he killed someone else's Loved-one, regardless as to their Age. That's going to be tough - if, he's a responsible person - which by turning himself in, suggests he may be.

Feel sorry for all involved here.

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