Police are searching for the driver and passengers of a vehicle that ran three red lights and killed three pedestrians at an intersection in Nagoya in the early hours of Monday during an attempt to escape from a police patrol car.
It is believed that four people abandoned the car and fled the scene on foot after the incident in Nagoya's Atsuta Ward. A mobile phone found in the Celsior, stolen in the city in June 2003, has a record showing it was used by a Brazilian, according to the Nagoya prefectural police.
At around 12:45 a.m., the police began chasing the vehicle in order to question the occupants after finding that the registration number of the luxury domestic car and its number plate did not match.
But the police gave up the pursuit about five minutes later at a location about 2 kilometers from the accident site after the driver began to drive recklessly, such as ignoring traffic lights, in an attempt to escape from the police car.
''There were no problems with our pursuit of the vehicle,'' a police official said.
The three victims -- Yoshitaka Nakano, 34, Makoto Yamamoto, 29, and Mariko Miwa, 29 -- were apparently waiting for the traffic light to change when the car ran onto the sidewalk at around 12:55 a.m.© News reports