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5-year-old boy hit by police car on crossing last month dies

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A 5-year-old boy who was hit by a police car while crossing a street in Tokyo on Aug 18 has died of his injuries, police said Saturday.

The boy, who had been in a coma since the accident, died at around 11:30  a.m. Friday, police said.

The boy was hit in front of JR Yotsuya Station in Chiyoda Ward as he crossed the street while the green pedestrian signal was showing, Kyodo News reported. The police car, driven by a 51-year-old male sergeant, was on its way to conduct a drug test on a suspect. It went through the red light, with its siren sounding, and hit the boy. The driver was accompanied by a senior officer in the passenger seat.

A spokesman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said the officer who was driving the car faces a charge of reckless driving resulting in death.

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Very sad news.

I hope the police officer is treated the same way any other driver is when a pedestrian dies after coming into contact with the driver's vehicle.

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

Poor little fellow and his parents. So sad.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

RIP little one.

-2 ( +9 / -11 )

Sad indeed.

RIP little one.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

Was the risk taken by the police worth for a drug user ?

This country needs to review its priorities when it comes to crime (cf. rape law change).

0 ( +11 / -11 )

5 years-old is a little young to be walking around by himself. Why was he out by himself?

But I guess the officer should have spotted him and slowed down. Or he thought the kid would stop. Sad all around.

-8 ( +7 / -15 )

@Bugle Boy of Company B

Being a policeman he is supposed to set an example and therefore should be punished more heavily than any other driver

-4 ( +8 / -12 )

I don't know if it's just me, but i have the impression that in japan, cars are more likely to swirve around you, or in the worst case scenario, simply hit you if you're in their way. This is in stark contrast to back home in Europe where drivers have the tendency to stop more often.

-2 ( +10 / -12 )

Siren sounding for a drug test!!! Why?

2 ( +10 / -8 )

Heart break for the family involved ! This is so tragic.

For the Cop driving the car - they're highly trained and for such a thing to happen must raise questions why it happened ?

The following statement, suggests a reason:

The police car, driven by a 51-year-old male sergeant, was on its way to conduct a drug test on a suspect. It went through the red light, with its siren sounding, and hit the boy. The driver was accompanied by a senior officer in the passenger seat.

Why should the Driver take all the heat on this one... I think the Senior Officer should be investigated too, along with the reasons why he may have put pressure upon the driver... I guess this one goes all the way to the top.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Tragic.

Administering a drug test is 99 times out of 100 not an exigency circumstance requiring police to run red lights.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

It isn’t the traffic light that kills you. Its the vehicle!

I’ve noticed that almost everyone in Japan just stares at the light, then immediately steps out into the road on green. Never taking a glance left or right. More than 40% of road fatalities occur at light controlled junctions in Japan.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

When operating moving machineries, regardless, conductors are completely responsible for its handling mechanisms.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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