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2 women in their 80s hit and killed by car; driver arrested

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Two women, both aged 86, were killed after they were hit by a car driven by a 22-year-old woman in Saijo, Ehime Prefecture, on Sunday afternoon.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 3 p.m. The two women, Sachiko Sogabe and Michiko Ono, were walking along the side of a narrow road with no center line or sidewalk when the car driven by Kanna Sogabe (no relation to the victim), hit them.

The two women were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Police arrested Sogabe on suspicion of reckless driving resulting in death. She was quoted by police as saying that just before the accident, she nodded off for a few seconds and lost control of her car.

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she nodded off for a few seconds and lost control of her car.

Yet another complacent and irresponsible Japanese driver claims lives. Driving a car is a responsibility and a privilege. It is not a right! Those who cannot handle the responsibility should not be driving at all!

RIP ladies! I'm sure your families have been devastated by this irresponsible twit!

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Narrow roads aside, the woman should not have been driving if she was that tired.

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All trucks must have sensing systems to detect people, as most new cars do. Comes down to money....have to do it or pay for lawyers.

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Was rear-ended by driver, same situation. Pulling night shift he fell asleep and car swerved and hit

the back left side of my car. He looked wiped out. This is why we need driverless cars. There will

be less accidents once the software is sufficiently programmed.

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@zurcronium - we don't need driverless cars. We need humans who drive responsibly.

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“She was quoted by police as saying that just before the accident, she nodded off for a few seconds and lost control of her car.”

To navigate through your Japanese labyrinth of typically narrow and congested roads, requires the utmost concentration, not to mention nerves of steel. Her claim to have fallen asleep at the wheel rings totally untrue to anyone who has actually driven here. For my money, the real reason was probably something more prosaic like taking her eyes off the road for a few seconds in order to type something on her スマホー

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Japanede drivers need to learn the road dangers for pedestrians. Apparently, not enough is done as for the road width allows overall.

At 3 PM, visibility was surely total so no reason in the slightest way yo have hit them.

RIP to the 2 ladies.

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"she nodded off for a few seconds and lost control of her car" more of like she's texting. This happened to me 3 yrs ago, good thing I was inside of my car when this woman rear ended me on a red light felt like she slammed me twice, that's how hard the impact I felt. Imagine if that woman was to pass the red lights and she weren't paying attention she would have hit those pedestrians.

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a narrow road with no center line or sidewalk

In other words, a road completely inadequate for modern traffic.

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That's very sad and tragic to hear about those ladies and their lives cut short by a nodder. She will have plenty of time to nod off in the nick.

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