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33-year-old man killed in hit-and-run; 17-year-old arrested


A 33-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Fussa, Tokyo, on Saturday night. A 17-year-old youth was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving resulting in death after he turned himself in to police at around 1 a.m. Sunday

According to police, the incident occurred at around 8:50 p.m. Saturday at an intersection. Fuji TV reported that a passerby called 110 and said a man was lying on a crossing.

Police said the victim, Yuki Yahagi, from Hachioji, was taken to hospital where he died about two hours later.

Police said the suspect, who did not have a driving license, was driving a friend's light truck at the time of the incident. He was quoted as saying he panicked when he hit the man and just kept going.

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Coward, you took a life, time to man up

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Pretty messy. The cops arrested a 17 year old boy. No divers license of course. On his way shopping together with two friends and car registered to one of these friend’s employer.

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There is no reason not to remain and leave the poor man to die on the road...shameful

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The fact that he is 17 means nothing will happen to him because the law sees him as a child. His parents will pay some fees and its life as normal for this kid.....aside from the mental trauma caused by the incident.

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I wonder if the employer who owns the vehicle as any liability in this case

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And now the kid will get a brief stint in a reformatory before returning to society because they almost never get charged as adults here. One rather serious charge of driving without a license. One VERY serious charge of manslaughter -- but neither actually WILL be charges.

Unless I'm wrong... and Japan takes the chance to step into the modern age and prove that people that age know right from wrong and charge him as an adult. Wishful thinking, though, I'm sure.

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