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Car being pursued by police crashes into another vehicle, killing its driver

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A 46-year-old man was killed after a car being pursued by police crashed head-on into his vehicle in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, on Monday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 3:20 a.m. on National Route 4. A police patrol spotted a car with two men in the parking lot of a convenience store moving in a “suspicious” manner, Fuji TV reported.

When police asked the car to stop, it sped off, going through a red light. The police car pursued it, with its siren on and red lights flashing.

The car crossed over the center line on a curve and hit a light car head-on. The driver of the light car, Tatsuya Kudo, a company employee, suffered severe injuries. He was taken to hospital where he died about 90 minutes later.

Police said the 22-year-old driver of the car being pursued suffered a broken leg, while his 21-year-old friend sustained serious injuries to his chest and is in a coma. The driver was given a breathalyzer test but police did not release the results.

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Why run away? It makes not sense.

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The 22 year old driver of the car made matters so much worse by driving off. I would gladly get arrested for driving drunk then get arrested for killing someone. Enjoy the prison time dude.

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It sounds like these guys were upto no good, either way there car would not out run a cop car, and you have a license plate, so even IF you managed to evade the cops its pretty good chance they would know who you are. its easier just to pull over and answer the cops questions, now this guy looks like he's off to jail, as he's just killed an innocent person with his reckless act.

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Police said the 22-year-old driver of the car being pursued suffered a broken leg, while his 21-year-old friend sustained serious injuries to his chest and is in a coma. 

They are adults. Give their names.

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"Police said the 22-year-old driver of the car being pursued suffered a broken leg"

Well, turn it over to a prison doctor after locking the kid up for life.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Here’s an advert for avoiding Kei cars if ever there was one. The driver of the regular car survived.

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The family must have torn after hearing the news... Sadly, this guy will probably be out before he reaches 40.

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In the last couple of years I have seen an upsurge in new recruit police, driving new high power cars, through the streets in Kansai. Many people are old and some have dementia, so speeding police are a servere danger to the public. They have cameras, car plate numbers and cctv from the combini. No need to push idiots into murdering people.

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In the last couple of years I have seen an upsurge in new recruit police, driving new high power cars, through the streets in Kansai. Many people are old and some have dementia, so speeding police are a servere danger to the public. They have cameras, car plate numbers and cctv from the combini. No need to push idiots into murdering people.

Exactly; no need to start a high-speed chase unless the suspects are driving around with machine guns and shooting everyone or plowing through crowds. Unless you're dealing with total maniacs, cool it. But, everyone thinks he's a cowboy.

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I second those opinions too.

Surely, better to follow the driver at a safe distance rather than start a chase where there is a chance of a car crash.

The cops here need to use their commonsense more.

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Yeah, you guys are right. Going through red lights, drinking and driving, committing crimes... who cares, right? This is the police's fault, not the criminals -- err... would be criminals. They should have just let them speed off, right? Shouldn't do their jobs. Shouldn't enforce the law.

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What appears in a senseless moment of desperate uncontrollable panic, a forty two year old man lost his life, and a twenty one year old youth lies in a come in hospital.

The explanation as to why the 22-year-old driver took flight is supposition until the Police authorities make a full detailed statement.

If found his action his be complicit, the 22-year-old driver inevitable custodial sentence will pale in comparison to the guilt he will have to carry for the rest of his life. Actions that could well have denied children a father, and/or a wife her husband.

I would be a hypocrite to judge, whilst at college in London, more than once I climbed onto a motor bike after foolishly consuming alcohol. There but for the grace of god, so to speak.

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@smithinjapan

Nobody is saying that the law shouldn’t be enforced.

However, when the consequences of enforcing the law are the deaths of innocents then ‘no’

Commonsense should prevail!

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Yeah, you guys are right. Going through red lights, drinking and driving, committing crimes... who cares, right? This is the police's fault, not the criminals -- err... would be criminals.

If the police were competent, there wouldn't be a need for car chases like in a movie.

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Police authorities could never have foreseen such a tragic outcome.

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*@goodlucktoyou:** In the last couple of years I have seen an upsurge in new recruit police, driving new high power cars, through the streets in Kansai. *

Same in Kanto - police forces are now driving more Subaru Legacies and Imprezas and fewer Toyotas.

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What a jerk.

It's Japan he will be out say like max 3 to 5 years....

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second incident like this in as many days.

many police forces will abandon a chase if it appears there is a danger to the general public.

helicopters can be called, dogs can be used, camera footage etc.

the police need to learn when to pull back to avoid putting innocent people at risk. a suspect who thinks he's gotten away usually slows down. you can catch him later, you cannot restore the life of the man in the other car.

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paradox box: "the police need to learn when to pull back to avoid putting innocent people at risk. a suspect who thinks he's gotten away usually slows down. "

You are looking at the end result of an accident caused by the criminals, not the police. I guarantee if it were a story about police sayin, "Shucks... he's going fast.... let's just wait a bit," you'd be crying holy hell about the opposite. Yes, it is the second time in as many days we are reading about people dying because criminals fled from the cops, but do try to see it is the fault of the criminals and not the cops.

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There has been a spate of these kinds of incidents in the last few weeks. The passive policing is to blame. People actually believe they can get away from the J-cops. However, in this case, it’s one less ratbag on the roads. No great loss!

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It's not at all the police's fault.

The suspect chose to run from the police.

He, and he alone, is responsible for anything that happens as a result of that choice.

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Major automobile makers, such as Toyota and Honda, must pass several collision tests in the U. S. - each car is rated according to worthiness of surviving a crash.  See https://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings

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It is has become regular news in Japan that police chase ended up in crash and deaths. Now it is time that Japanese police should change their method to stop and question suspects on wheels.

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Again...................

Police petrol also responsible for this death.

Police should be more smart to chess such case.

Just running behind the suspicious car was not intelligent decision.

One life gone due to nonsense cheesing

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Agreed with you,

@

farhaanToday 

It is has become regular news in Japan that police chase ended up in crash and deaths. Now it is time that Japanese police should change their method to stop and question suspects on wheels.

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Police here following manual then commonsense

And result are death of innocent.

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@smithinjapan

+1

everything you said

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If the police can't chase a car in Utsunomiya at 3;20a,m, please tell me where and when they shoud be able to pursue?

Maybe we (enlightened citizens) can whip up an appropriate manual.

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@Jtsnose

Major automobile makers, such as Toyota and Honda, must pass several collision tests in the U. S.

Kei cars are never crash tested to US standard.

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In the news this evening they said that the car ran a red light as it was escaping, but the ‘chasing’ police car paused at that light.

The crash then happened beyond the lights.

One news source also said the breath test had turned out positive for alcohol.

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Details here, in Japanese. The police car is said to have pulled out of the chase when they saw how dangerous the guy’s driving was.

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/jnn?a=20190506-00000016-jnn-soci

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wow!

That;s quite an impact.

The cars look like accordions.

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 The police car is said to have pulled out of the chase when they saw how dangerous the guy’s driving was.

Yes, TV news reported it the same way. JT should update the article. Assuming the police are telling the truth, all blame should be on the reckless driver and whoever raised him.

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However, when the consequences of enforcing the law are the deaths of innocents then ‘no’

So just let the drunk driver continue on his way, potentially plowing into more cars all by himself? You think a dangerous driver needs a cop chasing him to get in an accident? Who knows how many other injuries or deaths this guy could have caused all by himself.

Smithinjapan is absolutely right. This accident was caused by the guy running from the cops, not the cop trying to stop him.

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Here’s an advert for avoiding Kei cars if ever there was one. The driver of the regular car survived.

Or for everyone to drive lightweight cars? If both of them had been driving heavy cars the impact would have been worse for both...

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A police patrol spotted a car with two men in the parking lot of a convenience store moving in a “suspicious” manner, 

This is another way to say, it just regular check without no reason at all, for car that park in convenience store 

They often use word "suspicious” without have ability to describe it. 

 

The driver was given a breathalyzer test but police did not release the results.

Well if the result was on their side, they would already release it. Now they need to justify why they need to chase this car in the first place.

The car crossed over the center line on a curve and hit a light car head-on. The driver of the light car, Tatsuya Kudo, a company employee, suffered severe injuries. He was taken to hospital where he died about 90 minutes later.

This another chase that cost people live on the street, 

Goodlucktoyou, Joe Blow, kurisupisu, mu-da, paradoxbox, farhaan, realization you guys are right, there should be a safer way to do this.  Still this week, few days ago there are accident in Yokosuka, involving car chase, caused driver to die and lead one of passenger to comma.

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/Man-killed-woman-in-coma-after-crashing-car-while-being-pursued-by-police

Is not necessary because they have done something illegal, some of them they do it for the rush. When got chased they love even more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlPP_HnUx6s

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This is another way to say, it just regular check without no reason at all, for car that park in convenience store 

They often use word "suspicious” without have ability to describe it.

Except for the whole "running from the cops" thing... No, that's not suspicious at all.

Now they need to justify why they need to chase this car in the first place.

Just FYI, running from the cops is illegal. Nothing to justify.

This another chase that cost people live on the street,

Yes, at the fault of the driver who ran from the cops.

Is not necessary because they have done something illegal, some of them they do it for the rush. When got chased they love even more.

So they did do something illegal. They ran from the cops.

See the theme? Don't run from the cops. It's illegal.

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Except for the whole "running from the cops" thing... No, that's not suspicious at all.

Just FYI, running from the cops is illegal. Nothing to justify.

Check that youtube video that I gave you, in Japan they even love to play around with authority. They won't even go speeding if no one chase them.

Yes, at the fault of the driver who ran from the cops.

Well recent trends in Japan ran away while endangering other people in the street more and more becoming trend these days. That should take into account.

So they did do something illegal. They ran from the cops.

See the theme? Don't run from the cops. It's illegal.

I don't doubt about legality of running away.

In this case, another charge will be added like speeding.

But how many people lives becoming victim while trying to chase that driver, 10 lives? 20 lives?

Like Goodlucktoyou, Joe Blow, kurisupisu, mu-da, paradoxbox, farhaan, realization, said there should be a safer way to do this.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

But how many people lives becoming victim while trying to chase that driver, 10 lives? 20 lives?

How many victims of the driver being reckless while the cops did not attempt to stop him are acceptable? How many victims of a drunk driver are acceptable because the cops didn't chase him? 10 lives? 20 lives?

Not every driver is one of your thrill seekers and the cops have no way of knowing which is which in advance. You want to blame someone, blame the idiot that thinks it's a good idea to run from the police.

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