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Cyclist killed in hit-and-run in Saitama

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A 54-year-old man riding a bicycle was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Saitama City on Sunday.

According to police, the incident occurred on National Route 17 in Kita Ward. Fuji TV reported that the victim, Masaaki Kaneko, was found lying on the road at around 12:10 a.m. by a passerby who called 110.

Kaneko was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said Kaneko was found about 60 meters away from his bike which had been wrecked by the impact of a car.

Police are studying street surveillance camera footage to try and identify the vehicle.

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no excuse not to stop, I hope they find the coward that run away.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

you can't judge from the scant info.

It's a major road.

if hit by a car then the driver knew. Not stop given the time suggest maybe DUI. But remember even if no driver error, it's still regarded as partly drivers responsibility.

Case recently where old woman crossed unlit road(not at crossing) and driver who hit her was arrested. She fell into other drivers path, who bolted.

I've hit the odd bit of wildlife in my day. Couldn't se it coming.

if big rig then you wouldn't even feel it. (Before questions, Yes I'm licensed here for that)

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

I wouldn't ride a bicycle on R17.

also possible cyclist was DUI.

wife's idiot uncle broke his neck pedaling back from bar.

Pissed as a newt.

sadly not so uncommon.

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I wonder where the cyclist was riding. It seems OK for them to ride anywhere, on the left, on the right, on the pavement or even in the centre of the road. The police don't seem to care.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

The victim blaming here is pretty disgusting.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Just something to bear in mind, if you're going out riding your bicycle at night...

If you're going to ride a bicycle at night, wear a hi-viz jacket, something that reflects headlamps and alerts an oncoming driver to your presence. Bicycle lamps can often be obscured by the street lighting on even oncoming traffic. Also a Helmet should be mandatory.

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Wow, 60 meters. The car or whatever hit him must have been traveling at quite a click. Agreed, way too little info to know who was at fault. However, I am a cyclist and sometimes travel into the center of Tokyo and at night. I bought some nighttime specific cycling clothes. My jacket is the brightest white you can imagine and I have a couple of those new fangled USB chargeable lights. I recommend the Knog Blinder for rear. My front light is 1200 lumens(way to bright for the road). Some of my fellow cyclists have lights barely visible or not at all! Yikes. Anyway, horrible way to die. My biggest nightmare. RIP

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The victim blaming here is pretty disgusting.

We don't know who the victim is without more details.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Riders in the country place their lives at risk every single minute of every single day.

-listening to music when they ride. -not using their lights at night. -riding in the middle of the road at night.

-pulling out onto roads without even looking. - crossing roads between traffic and generally disobeying the road rules and putting themselves at risk.

Drivers in this country place other people's lives at risk every single minute of every single day.

-using mobile phones when they drive. -not indicating. -running red lights constantly. -not stopping at stop signs. -watching TV when they drive! -reading manga when they drive!!

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No matter who was at fault, it's no excuse to leave the scene leaving someone to their fate.

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Drivers in this country place *other people's* lives at risk

Every society has it's narcissists - and they love to drive two ton metal boxes - fast.

This study says, behind the wheel of a car, these people are deadly.

https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/motr/narcissism-is-a-driving-hazard-research-suggests.html

But does the act of driving itself leads to narcissistic tendencies - i.e aggression and lack of empathy in people. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Most drivers I know don't seem to understand that.

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If you're going to ride a bicycle at night, wear a hi-viz jacket, something that reflects headlamps and alerts an oncoming driver to your presence. Bicycle lamps can often be obscured by the street lighting on even oncoming traffic. Also a Helmet should be mandatory.

How come cyclists only seem to be seen when they do something wrong?

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