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Dump truck driver arrested over fatal hit-and-run

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Police in Chofu, Tokyo, said Sunday they have arrested a 59-year-old man over the hit-and-run death Saturday of a 53-year-old man riding a bicycle.

According to police, the suspect, Takashi Hoshino was driving a 10-ton dump truck when he hit Kenji Nakano who was crossing the street at around 2:55 p.m. Saturday, Fuji TV reported. Hoshino kept going but turned himself in at a koban (police box) about one hour later.

Nakano suffered severe head injuries and was confirmed dead at the scene.

Police said Hoshino, who has been charged with reckless driving resulting in death, told them he didn’t realize at first that he had hit someone.

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Police said Hoshino, who has been charged with reckless driving resulting in death, told them he didn’t realize at first that he had hit someone.

He didn't realise he hit someone, but turned himself in an hour later because he knew he hit someone? So he's not only a reckless coward, he's also a liar.

@Kobe White Bar Owner - Here in Kobe the dump trucks drive like maniacs not sure if its a national thing.

Trust me, it's a national thing. These cowboys are downright dangerous when their trucks are empty. They speed and swerve through traffic like Mario Andretti on a racecourse. When their trucks are full, they are just bad mannered butt-holes that intimidate and bully other drivers. TIJ!

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"Here in Kobe the dump trucks drive like maniacs not sure if its a national thing."

Same in Hokkaido. Truck drivers are maniacs in the north and the police n-o-t-h-i-n-g to stop them. I always see trucks less than a meter off the bumper of the car in front of them even in winter. Rest assured, though, if you don't come to a complete stop at a stop sign at 2:00am on a country road with no one in sight, the cops will get you!

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Here in Kobe the dump trucks drive like maniacs not sure if its a national thing.

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I'm very sorry for the loss of this man.

It seems mildly inappropriate to talk about traffic issues in general when a man has died, but this situation is the predictable result of current road traffic laws, so I would like to leave a comment.

If you read about a truck colliding with a bicycle, it is highly likely that it is a left turn situation where the truck has the green light to turn left at an intersection but there is a crosswalk (pedestrian crossing) immediately next to the intersection and pedestrians also have a green light to walk across at the same time as the vehicles are turning.

Why not abandon this system? It is asking for trouble.

In the UK, for example, you never ever have a green light to walk across a crossing unless the traffic is stopped. No-one is green-lighted to cross a crosswalk with flowing traffic, and therefore no-one dies in these kind of accidents.

Of course, even here in Japan cycling across the crosswalk is illegal at all times, but the green light for pedestrians, coupled with a tendency to ride on the sidewalk, means this happens all the time. Penalties for riding across do not seem to be not enforced.

Given with the tendency of some cyclists (not necessarily this poor gentlemen of course) to hurry across the crosswalk as the green light is flashing, these accidents will keep happening.

Bikes can go down the sidewalk pretty fast.

If you are turning left at an intersection a bike moving at speed can reach the crosswalk from out of nowhere.

If you are driving (or cycling ) in Japan, take care out there.

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I've had issues with dump truck drivers before, its a national thing. When I lived in Fukuoka one came within an inch of running me over after the driver ignored the "Walk" signal I was crossing on and took a left turn like nobody was there. If I hadn't jumped out of his way, he would have killed me.

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Here in Kobe the dump trucks drive like maniacs not sure if its a national thing

Not from my experience. But the garbage trucks, oh yeah.

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