78-year-old driver arrested for driving off with man clinging to hood


Aichi prefectural police said Tuesday they have arrested a 78-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he drove his car with a man clinging to the hood of his car in Nagoya.

According to police, Keishi Ido, a sales company board member from Kasugai City, Aichi Prefecture, was driving in Moriyama Ward at around 8:30 a.m. Monday when his vehicle hit a minibike’s mirror, Sankei Shimbun reported. The 29-year-old male motorcyclist subsequently chased after Ido.

The victim then stood in front of Ido’s car while it was waiting at a red traffic light. However, when Ido started to drive off at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour, the motorcyclist jumped onto the hood and was carried along for about 150 meters before getting off at the next red light. He was not injured.

Ido turned himself in at a police station at around 10 a.m. Monday. Police said he denied any intent to kill.

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I wonder if he will also be charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

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Maybe he was scared and simply trying to get away. 150 metres is quite a way, though.

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It could have all been avoided by stopping, and offering the scooterist money for a new mirror.

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There comes a time when you have to put aside your pride and realize it's better to give up driving for the sake of not only your safety, but the safety of others.

I'm sure my post will be disliked by offended older people, but we need to rise beyond political correctness and realize that the older we get, the more risk we pose as drivers. My mother stopped driving in her late 60's, and I will probably give it up around then too.

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If the driver wouldn't stop after side wiping your motorbike, what makes you think standing in front of him will be any more of an incentive to stop?

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Older drivers are aren't always at fault in incidents such as this. Recently in the US, a 37-year old driver drove more than three miles with a 65-year old clinging to the hood of his car. (Not saying the 65-year old made a "grown-up" decision by getting on the guy's hood.)

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"a sales company board member"? Why does the media have to assign everyone to an occupational category, when it bears no relation to events in the article?

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the older we get, the more risk we pose as drivers

oldman_13 the figures just don’t bear out your claim, younger drivers are involved in far more incidents.

Of course I’m not advocating people drive beyond their capabilities. But you must have a reason and evidence based case before curtailing anyone’s freedom.

If we’re speculating about incidents we have little information about, I’d suggest that the driver has clipped the bikers mirror and both have escalated the situation.

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Of course I’d have made a better case if I hadn’t included my refutation in my quote. Ho hum.

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