Police on Tuesday arrested a man in the hit-and-run deaths of three persons on a national highway in Kuriyama town near Sapporo on Monday night. The suspect, a man in his 30s, had abandoned his car and was arrested at his home early Tuesday, police said.
According to investigators, the suspect rear-ended a minivan, sending it into the opposite lane where it was hit by an oncoming vehicle at about 9 p.m. on Monday. Three passengers in the two vehicles died and have been identified as Rie Watanabe, 20, Tadashi Yokoyama, 67, and his wife Kinuko, 63. Another passenger suffered fractured limbs.
Police said the suspect smelled of alcohol at the time of his arrest.© News reports