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77-year-old woman on moped injured by rope stretched across road

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A 77-year-old woman riding a moped was injured after she was knocked off the bike by a nylon rope stretched across a road in Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture, on Monday morning.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 2:30 a.m. The woman, who was delivering newspapers, was riding along the six-meter-wide road when she ran into the rope, which was 60 cms above the ground. Police said the woman broke her leg in the fall as the moped toppled over.

Police said one end of the rope was attached to a steel column in the parking lot of a supermarket, where it is used each night after closing hours. The other end was attached to a barber shop pole across the road.

Police said they are examining street surveillance camera footage to try and identify the person who stretched the rope across the road and said the perpetrator faces a charge of attempted murder.

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Wow! Attempted murder? I guess it is. She could easily have died from the fall.

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When the catch the suspect, that person will likely claim, “I didn’t intend to hurt any one.”

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They should really arrest and charge the person responsible for doing this. During the allied invasion of France during WW2, nazis would string up metal wire along forested and dark roads at about neck height which led to lots of US casualties.

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Not the first time this has happened in recent years. Usually no murderous intent, and not the intended recipient either. Lethal, either way.

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What was a 77year old doing on a moped!?

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Bosozoku likely the prime target - this woman was just unlucky.

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It is sad to see that a 77-year old woman still has to work (and at 2:30 AM to boot) in order to make ends meet. Japanese old age pensions are a joke.

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In Japan, it’s not uncommon for the elderly to have to work in order to survive. She has to make ends meet at 77. Pension brings only ¥70,000 ($6400) a month for my Japanese friend who’s worked all his life.

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Not the first time this has happened in recent years. Usually no murderous intent, and not the intended recipient either. Lethal, either way.

I think that anybody who pulls a stunt like this, knows full well that it is highly likely that somebody is going to be injuried or even killed.

What was a 77year old doing on a moped!?

Her job.

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Bosozoku likely the prime target

That happened several years ago. The guy’s head came clean off.

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About ten years ago two dependents of American military personnel pulled the same stunt near Yokota Base seriously injuring the driver of a motorbike off base.

I never read a follow up on that. I hope this person is apprehended quickly.

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@quercetum

¥70,000 ($6400) 

I'm sure you intended to write $640.

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Toshihiro: “During the allied invasion of France during WW2”

One man’s invasion is another’s Liberation, なるほど.

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I'm sure you intended to write $640.

Yes, $640/month.

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Wow! Attempted murder? I guess it is. She could easily have died from the fall.

The fall? More like she could have easily died from being decapitated by the rope.

We had two teenage girls do this with heavy fishing line across a side road near my home. They strung a stuffed bear from it and thought it would be funny for people to think a bear was floating in the middle of the road. Unfortunately it almost took a motorcyclists head off.

Since there was no toy hanging from this rope, we can assume it's only purpose was to take someone's head off.

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That happened several years ago. The guy’s head came clean off.

Somebody did this in my native country a number of years ago. Fortunatly the rider, although seriously injuried, recovered, but the court made an example and gave the perpertator a severe custodial sentence.

Incidently, @Cameron, I believe that the perpertrator did say in court "I did'nt intend to hurt anyone".

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Happened in Akita City some years back, killed an old man on a bicycle. Three teenagers got done up for it.

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Shouldn't publicise this or it will happen more.

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Shouldn't publicise this or it will happen more.

How else will people know to look out for it?

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Vince BlackApr. 29  06:06 pm JST

What was a 77 year old doing on a moped!?

So it was her fault because according to you, she was too old to be riding one?

If I was 77 and riding a moped, and you asked me why I was riding a moped at my age, I would be tempted to say, "None of your damn business."

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