Police in Osaka said Saturday they have arrested the driver of a car that hit and killed a 3-year-old girl in Osaka.
According to police, the incident occurred in Sumiyoshi Ward at around 6:15 p.m. on Friday. TV Asahi reported that the girl, identified as Monami Shinjo, had just returned home from a drive with her grandfather and had got out of the car when she was hit and killed by an oncoming vehicle.
Monami was taken to hospital with severe injuries and died about three hours later, police said. Police said the driver of the vehicle, Tomomi Kumamoto, a 36-year-old child-care professional, has been charged with reckless driving resulting in death.
Police said that Monami was walking around the back of her grandfather's car to cross the narrow 5-meter wide road to go back into the house when she was hit by Kumamoto's car.
Kumamoto was quoted by police as saying she didn't see the child appear from behind her grandfather's car at first and when she did, she slammed on the brakes but it was too late, TV Asahi reported.© Japan Today