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Man arrested after fleeing scene of fatal car crash


Police in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, on Thursday arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of dangerous driving resulting in death after the car he was driving rear-ended a light car, causing it to burst into flames. A man and a woman in the light car died in the accident.

The accident occurred along a two-lane prefectural road in Yoshioka, Gunma Prefecture, at around 2:10 a.m., Fuji TV reported. Police said visibility was good at the time.

Another driver who saw the collision called 119. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze. The woman was in the driver’s seat of the light car and the man in the back seat.

The witness told police he saw the driver of the other car flee the scene on foot.

On Thursday, Taichi Ishizaka, accompanied by a friend, turned himself at a police station in Shibukawa. Police said he admitted causing the accident and quoted him as saying he ran away because he was afraid.

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2:10 AM possible driving under influence of alcohol ? ... ran away came back in the evening, any alcohol test will show negative ... let the comments begin...

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murdering filth. this is a double murder. what a coward, he was afraid. another candidate for the death penalty if there ever was one

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This scum shoulda took his fire extinguisher and helped them. To hell with you man. Murderer!

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He ran away because he was afraid? He was probably drunk and staring at his phone.

perhais these two would have survived if they were in a real car instead of a toy car with the gas tank behind the rear bumper and no crumple zone.

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I see theres some supporters of hit and runs here. Shame on you too!

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Gutless, sociopathic coward. Could have at least tried to help if he had a shred of humanity. Hope he gets a long, rough time in prison.

RIP to the poor man and woman.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Terrible to leave the scene of a disastrous accident. Just terrible.

And not much detail in the story about the cars except the victims was a light car (kei).

I can't recall the last time I heard of a car bursting into flames, apparently as a result of a rear-end hit.

I know hollywood uses the exploding-in-flames car image a lot, but I thought most major makers design cars and components, esp petrol tanks, to avoid such outcomes except in the most extreme of cases.

Was he driving at a ridiculously high speed?

Anyone know more about this?

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2:10 AM possible driving under influence of alcohol ? ... ran away came back in the evening, any alcohol test will show negative ... let the comments begin...

Very likely. The Chappaquiddick formula. But since he is not connected to high places, hell go to jail.

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Should have controlled his speed and whatever caused him to drive so fast.

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murdering filth. this is a double murder.

no it isn't. It's manslaughter. Maybe you are confusing homicide with murder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDA2cE3YcIA might help you understand the difference But "Double Murder" must feel good typing that out.

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What is a "light car"? Do they mean keijidousha?

Yes. Light car is the usual English term for "kei" in news articles. I'm surprised you haven't seen it before.

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Cowardly shameful imbecile irresponsible dirtball! Good thing he turned his stupid self in, now he has to face the music. I hope he gets at least a life sentence!

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Agree with all said above, BUT he did go back and turn himself in, knowing he would face worse consequences having run. That's at least some small thing. Anyway, he's going to pay in full now. Too early to speculate why he rear-ended them, with visibility being good, but obviously for some reason he wasn't paying attention.

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another candidate for the death penalty if there ever was one

Despicable as it was, nobody is a candidate for the death penalty.

Barbaric practices and their supporters belong in the dark ages.

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