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2 high school students injured in Chiba hit-and-run accident

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Two high school students were left seriously injured on Thursday evening after the motorbike they were riding was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Chiba. Police believe the motorbike was proceeding straight through the intersection when the car's driver attempted to turn right, resulting in the collision shortly after 8 p.m. on an intersection of highway 14.

The two -- a boy and a girl -- both sustained broken ankles among other injuries. The girl riding pillion lost a big toe in the collision. An eyewitness said, "After the car hit the bike, it just kept going and drove off."

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Boys will be boys, and soon stupid boys will be dead or left in a wheel chair for the rest of their lives. These 2 dorks are very lucky to still be alive!

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And where exactly does the article say that the boys were at fault? It does not say that they drove through a red light or over a stop line. Don't jump to conclusions

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How about more information......did they run the light? Were they bosozoku? (if they were oh well next story please).

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elbudamexicano - But, two wrongs don't make a right. High schoolers can legally only ride a scooter and the cannot carry a pillion passenger. Also, scooters are banned from the highways. It's about time the J-flops updated this law and banned the little twits from riding them at all, but that would also mean they have to get out their koban beds and actually enforce it. These knobheads have no road sense or training. I regularly see the idiots zooming around in gangs with complete disregard to road laws and/or safety. Yet another inevitable and preventable incident. "Shoganai!"

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And if you hit a Cycle or bike in your big ass car, you should stop no matter what.

How many time have you been driving straight and some knucklehead turned across your lane just because they were in a hurry?

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Lost a big toe? So I am assuming he was not wearing the proper foot wear and was just wearing flip-flops or what not? Hard to imagine these kids were not at fault as well, with so little this story gives us.

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These high school boys should not have been riding a motor bike on a public street to begin with. The driver that drove away without rendering any aid was a very bad driver who should have their license taken away for good. To not render aid is a very bad thing, but it still does not make it right for these high school boys to be on a public road riding a motor bike. The parents of these high school boys should be repramended for letting them ride a motor bike on a public road.

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I highly doubt these kids were following the rules of the road. Probably racing through a red, as they do, that had already turned. I see it everyday. No cops around to monitor this stuff either. Instead they`re at the station with the mama charlies.

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If you leave the scene of an accident in Japan, no matter who was at fault, the person leaving is 100% wrong.

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Sounds to me like two stupid boys on ONE yes, ONE bike. This is ILLEGAL!!

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What is the matter with you people? Assuming they were bosozoku, or punks or doing something wrong. I can't see from this article that the boys were doing anything illegal. 8:00 PM in the summertime is not late. Losing a big toe is not a minor injury and will affect him the rest of his life. All because of someone who wasn't paying attention while driving and then just splits and leaves them in the street.

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As noborito wrote: leaving the scene of an accident is a criminal offense and puts the responsibility entirely on our shoulders (even if you were not at fault).

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techall - I can't see from this article that the boys were doing anything illegal

Other than riding a motorbike, carrying a pillion passenger and being unlicenced, of course.

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This accident happened to me once. And no I did not run a light. The impact is really bad because it is almost head on, and it is sudden. The only braking that can be done has to take place within a few meters. I was thrown about 10 meters across oncoming traffic. I would have kept going, but a lightpole hit my helmet. Lucky me. I was a good "citizen" about it. Collected my bike quickly to avoid being a nuisance. The salary man wanted to keep it hush hush. I received a certain amount of money. I now believe it should have been 10 times as much. I am older and I can feel my hip now.

Okinawa. Yep. Happens a lot. People certainly are less likely to see a bike.

This is one reason why I am a liberal. Stuff happens, people. Blaming the poorest or unluckiest person involved does not change the fact that a person willfully committed a crime against these boys. The laws have to be followed because it could be YOU next time, or your son or daughter. We all look weird or act weird according to someone.

The kid lost a big toe. He has to learn to play basketball again, and it will affect his gait for the rest of his life. Oh Techall said that already.

The two boys were riding straight on a bike. That possibly illegal behavior could not have been the proximate cause of the accident.

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Two boys on one bike? There's more than one individual to blame here.

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Wasn't there a story that a bosozoku gang killed a truck driver who crashed one of their bikes? Knowing that I'm not so sure I'd stop to see what happened to the boys.

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Anything over 50cc is legal for two riders, and the age of the boy driving the bike is not mentioned but high school is old enough to get a license for a bike, pillion passengers don't need a license. How 'bout doing a little checking before posting?

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In japan you can get 50cc licence at age 16, anything bigger is a no-no as is carrying a Passenger.

Ask a biker for the real data. ;)

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Crazy... I mean judging these kids already with so little details. I would like to hear more before I do.

By the way, Highway 14 is not a highway at all. It's Kokudo 14 gou which is just an ordinary road. People should've known since highways don't have crossings.

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I just saw on J-news that the other high school kid was a girl. It doesn't mean anything, just adding details...

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@techall, I understand your concern here, however the majority of the riders in this particular part of Japan are notorious for being the bad riders running in and out of busy traffic with no fear of injury or causing the same. History and statistics have proven that the high schoolers here lack a sense of caution when it comes to operating a motor driven vehicle and assuming they were at fault as well, is fair. Regardless of it all, driving away without rendering assistance is just wrong and seems to becoming the norm in this day and age. This leads me to “assume” that the driver of the car was under the influence of a controlled substance. Just saying…

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Middle-sized/small-sized motorcycle must be at least 15 years and 10 months old (2 months before your 16th birthday). Large-sized motorcycle must by at least 17 years and 10 months old (2 months before your 18th birthday). Middle-sized motorcycle = under 400cc. Perfectly legal for high schoolers and with passenger.

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high schoolers here lack a sense of caution when it comes to operating a motor driven vehicle

High schoolers lack common sense in most matters so no reason the villify them here.

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Vilify, and I stand by my comment!

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BTW the ages listed above are for entry into a driving school course but ages is 16 for genshiki and jidohnirin.

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High school kids dont ride motorbikes they ride sooped up scooters and dont where helmets and dont obey the rules of the road. Ill bet you a million bucks that they werent well behaved, well mannered and good students. The guy is wrong for leaving the scene however Im sure they are far from innocent.

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techall.

Give the ages for getting the licences and what you can do with them once you got them.

Most countries allow you to study before you can legally get the licence.

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a Million bucks huh?

Zenny11: follow the link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driving_licence_in_Japan

Two up on all bikes over 50cc (that's why most of the cop scoots you see have yellow numbers = 70 cc and can carry two cops if necessary).

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Right, can a 16 or 17 yr old get a licence for ANYTHING bigger than 50cc?

I don't go according to Wiki but by what my cop-friends tell me. Link is useless as it don't give the CC-ranking of the licences.

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Like where is the 250cc licence and the times required before you can upgrade.

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i was driving at 16 and was just fine.

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I will put dollars to donuts that the teen driver of the bike is at fault. But Japanese law won't see that way no matter how he/she is at fault by any sensible standard. That means whether the driver of the car runs and gets caught, or stays, he/she will get railroaded by the system. No extra points for being a good samaritan. But if he/she runs there is a chance of not getting railroaded, and that is why they run.

I feel most Japanese will readily take responsibility for what they are responsible for. But responsibility is not meted out in a person to person rational manner in Japan. It is meted out in a "larger societal benefit" and if individuals get crushed to attain it, the system does not care. Its a pretty crappy way to handle traffic accidents, and they have not yet copped on to the fact that the larger societal benefit is not being obtained this way now if it ever was.

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Defensive driving will keep you out of most accidents. I see too many Japanese driving around oblivious to what is going on around them. BTW, How in the world can somebody lose a big toe over this? Is this someplace in the third world, where they can't sew those back on?

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