A second-grade elementary school boy was killed on Monday when he was hit by a truck outside his home in Totsuka Ward, Yokohama. Police said the boy was hit by the 3-ton truck just after 3 p.m. as he was returning home from school with a friend. He was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead about two hours later.
Toshiyuki Tajima, 37, was arrested at the scene for negligent driving resulting in injury, but police said they will pursue a charge of negligent driving causing death. The accident occurred on a straight section of road, about 10 meters from a pedestrian crossing, near the boy’s home. The boy had just parted with his friend, who witnessed the accident, police said.
Tajima was quoted as saying: “The boy suddenly came out from between cars in the opposite lane that had stopped due to the congestion. I pressed the brake but couldn’t stop in time.”© News reports