A 79-year-old man who lost control of his car due to heatstroke has been indicted for causing an accident that killed one man and injured several other people.
According to police, the car plowed into a line of people who were queuing to access a second floor public pool at the park in Hamura, Tokyo, in August last year. A 72-year-old man was killed, a 2-year-old boy suffered a broken leg and three other people were also injured in the incident.
During police questioning, the driver said he had been playing golf that day and that he had suffered exhaustion and was dizzy before getting into his car, Sankei Shimbun reported Tuesday.
Afterwards, he told police he had no memory of the incident and claimed not to know how his car had entered the area off-limits to vehicles. He was taken to hospital to be treated for heatstroke.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the temperature that day when the man was playing golf was 35.8 degrees
However, prosecutors on Tuesday decided to file charges against the man for reckless driving resulting in death and injury, claiming he was negligent to get behind the wheel of a car when he wasn't feeling well.© Japan Today