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19-year-old arrested over hit-and-run

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Police said Monday they have arrested a 19-year-old youth in connection with a hit-and-run incident that took place in Fussa, Tokyo, on Sunday morning.

According to police, CCTV cameras and eyewitnesses saw a car being driven by the youth hit a 26-year-old man just before dawn and then fail to stop, TBS reported. Police say the victim sustained a blow to the head and has yet to regain consciousness.

Police said the suspect has denied the charge, and quoted him as saying, "I thought I had hit something, but I have no memory of running over a person."

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Denying everything will get you everywhere...in Japan

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“I thought I had hit something, but I have no memory of running over a person.”

You're 19, kid, not 90!

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"Oh, that was a person? I only thought it was a speed bump. Sorry about that. I will be more careful next time." ...walks away unpunished...

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He probably has no memory of running over a person because he was too busy looking at his phone. I don't get how these people expect us to buy the act that they hit something, but kept on driving because they figured it wasn't a human. Pretty sure there is a huge difference between hitting a person with your car and driving over a scrap piece of garbage in the road.

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Usually hitting a person with a car with a force that would render them unconscious, would in some way leave damages on the car, unless he was lying in the middle of the road. There is no way you can miss that. He knew he hit a person. He just got scared and took off.

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He probably has no memory of running over a person because he was too busy looking at his phone.

@Amidalism--That was my initial feeling about the pedestrian who got hit. Just before dawn, dressed in black, crossing the road while having his face buried in his phone texting.

@Mirai Hayashi--Hit a lot of people so hard you knocked them out? I don't think it would take all that much. Yes, the man knew he hit something and admitted it. He may have had no idea it was a person. Getting hit with a side mirror at fairly low speeds would be enough to send one spinning, and from there they could hit their head on the pavement and lose consciousness. I have had things hit my car and you cannot tell what is going on half the time. By the time you determine its safe to stop and actually do so, you are a bit of a distance from where you got hit or hit something and it can be hard to remember where exactly it happened even.

If this careless pedestrian (yeah, he must have been) had come out from between two parked cars and got swiped by the passing car and fell in between the cars, the driver would look back and see nothing and figure some punk threw something and keep going. Lots of situations I can imagine where it would go both ways.

But I think the most important point is: How do you get yourself hit by a car? Its not like the car jumped the curb and hit him on the sidewalk. Car don't appear out of thin air. They make noise. They are big. They pretty much only travel on roads and parking lots. To get hit by one you have to be paying no attention whatsoever. Yet people are so fast to come down fire and brimstone on drivers. Makes no sense.

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ControlFreak,

Does every road in Fussa have a sidewalk? Why so hard on pedestrians?

Once that key goes back in your pocket, you're one yourself.

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@SenseNotSoCommon--No, no. The question is, why so hard on drivers?

Answer: Foolish sentimentality. Pedestrians always lose on the street. So driver's lose in the court of public opinion and even real courts in Japan. But no matter how much people want it, the laws of physics just don't change, and its not the fault of driver's. Yes, when the key goes in my pocket I am a pedestrian. And as someone who has been both driver and pedestrian I know that just about every time I came close to getting hit by a car, it was my own fault. I had every advantage, nothing blocking by sight or hearing, knowing full well where to expect cars to be, but chose not to use those advantages. Driver's cannot hear you coming on foot and often cannot see you for dark clothing and have no idea where or when you might appear in their path. This is just simple logical fact here, but I don't expect it to conquer sentimentality. It rarely does.

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There I go again, drifting down to the bottom of the article just to read the next dumbasses excuse. I guess that is the ticket in Japan, just have no memory of doing something and you basically get off with a deep bow and a few 'sumimasens' thrown in for good luck!

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yeah right.

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damn

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Of course he knew he hit someone. Why else would he keep going? He was probably drunk too!

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" Usually hitting a person with a car with a force that would render them unconscious, would in some way leave damages on the car, unless he was lying in the middle of the road. There is no way you can miss that."

@mirai, there was a drunk guy sleeping in my street the other day. His lower half was in someone's parking space, and the upper half in the street. A neighbor noticed his dumb axe and called for an ambulance(and stood by for his safety as taxis whizzed by). Salary weekend.

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I hope they throw the book at this 19 year old fool!!

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