A 66-year-old woman was hit by a light-weight pickup truck as she rode her bicycle across National Route 293 in the town of Nakagawa on Monday. She was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead about an hour later, police said Tuesday.
Police said it appears Chitoko Kasai had just finished shopping and was crossing the road on her bicycle just after 5 p.m. when she was hit by the vehicle. A man driving behind told police he saw the accident, and that the white pickup vehicle carrying bicycles in the rear failed to stop at the scene and accelerated away.
The collision threw the woman's body some 10 meters to the side of the road into a fence, and her bicycle and groceries were strewn across the road. Police said the road was straight and had good visibility, but that a similar accident occurred there about two years ago.© News reports