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91-year-old man arrested over hit-and-run incident


A 91-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving resulting in injury after he hit two 8-year-old boys while driving a minitruck in Mamurogawa, Yamagata Prefecture, and then kept going.

According to police, Masakazu Sato, a former town council member, was driving along National Route 344 at around 3:30 p.m. on Oct 13 when he hit the children who were heading home after school at an intersection, Sankei Shimbun reported.

The children suffered head injuries and were taken to hospital where doctors said their condition was stable.

Sato was quoted by police as saying he stopped his vehicle after the incident but he thought the kids were OK, so he left the scene.

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He didn't stick around because he knew since he was old and connected, that not a damn thing will happen to him other than some minor inconvenience

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If I cite the example of the elderly gentleman who killed that mother and daughter blaming his car, my post will just be deleted.

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91 yo, why is he driving?

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"I know someone who used to be a doctor. The blood coming from your forehead isn't flowing that fast and your head injuries don't look too serious so I'm not going to stick around for the ambulance or the cops. Take it easy and even if you have the right of way, be good boys stay out of intersections, OK? That way you might live long enough to be an old coot scofflaw like me. Catch you later."

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Just like other commenters I wasn't there to see what happened either but it is entirely possible that the children were larking around on the road in front of the driver; who knows?

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I hit two kids with my truck. I thought they were OK. So I left.

Better come up with something better that, gramps.

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he stopped his vehicle after the incident but he thought the kids were OK, so he left the scene.

So now he's a doctor and has the vision of a 19 year old man, not a 91 year old child? Fabulous.

Hopefully you get 91 years in jail, "important" man...............

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Beyond obscene a 91-year old is behind the wheel of a vehicle. How anyone can agree with someone so old driving is beyond me.

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I hope this awful old fool spends a long stint in prison. So selfish and reckless, he just couldnt care less about running over those kids.

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91 y.o. and driving? What's wrong with grandpas in this country? After this, if I were the old guy I would be researching about me getting to Belgium or Switzerland and do the right thing.

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This is the reason why those old relics shouldn't be allowed near a steering wheel.

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