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2 pedestrians injured in hit-and-run in Shizuoka

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Police in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, have arrested a 20-year-old man over a hit-and-run incident that left two pedestrians injured.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Kyoji Sugiyama, was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident at 11:50 p.m. Saturday. NTV reported that Sugiyama was driving along when he began swerving and veered onto the sidewalk where he hit two male pedestrians and then drove off without stopping.

One of the victims, a 29-year-old man, sustained serious injuries after the force of the impact with the vehicle threw him, slamming his head violently into the ground. The second victim, a 42-year-old man, suffered a minor injury to his left arm.

Police said Sugiyama was incomprehensible at the time of his arrest.

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Nasty! Plenty reason for more proactive, rather than reactive policing, and not just during seasonal safety campaigns.

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Totally agree with the above comment. Stiff penalties are not a deterrent when the chances of getting caught are small. The cops in Brisbane regularly close off the bridges out of the city and breath test every driver. I rarely see RBTs set up in Japan except during advertised campaign periods and coming towards the end of their revenue raising months.

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Possibly instead of calling him "incomprehensible" he should best be described as "drunk as a skunk "

That is much more intoxicated a statement.

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