Car hits 4 children, 1 adult in Machida; driver arrested


Police in Machida, Tokyo, have arrested a 60-year-old woman on suspicion of dangerous driving resulting in injury after the car she was driving hit four children and one adult on a sidewalk on Monday.

According to police, the incident occurred just after 5 p.m. The four children are aged between 5 and 7, Fuji TV reported. A 50-year-old woman, who is the mother of one of the 7-year-old girls, was also injured. They were taken to hospital and were in a stable condition on Tuesday.

The group was walking along a sidewalk in Okuramachi when they were hit by the car. After plowing into the pedestrians, the vehicle came to a stop on a vacant plot of land.

Police said the driver told them she blacked out just before the accident. She works at a nursing home and was heading back to the facility after dropping off her passengers.

Police said there were no skid marks on the road at the accident site, indicating that the driver did not apply the brake.

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Because seeing you blacked out sounds way better than I hit the gas instead of the brake

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Saying stupid ESL phone

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Accidents are going to happen. And judging by what's shown here (you can enlarge the shot) it's more safe than most places pedestrians walk--wide sidewalks with some barriers. I'd guess she just happened to pass out at the wrong spot.

One thing I teach my daughter to do is walk against traffic (and of course keep her wits about her). You still won't be able to get out of the way of everything but at least you have a fighting chance. Of course, sometimes, there aren't sidewalks on both sides of the road.

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blacked out then how she found Gas pedal ????????????

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Cowardly liar. Can't even own up to her own ineptitude. Ban her from driving for life

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Cowardly liar.

How have you determined it's impossible that she could be telling the truth?

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I don’t see why people are calling her a liar. There is nothing to say she is a liar. It is quite possible she blacked out. However, it is more likely she went to sleep. Let’s just call the driver careless and leave it at that.

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I think she was trying to beat the traffic light (changing to yellow), and lost control when the pedestrians appeared in her path. Not evident from the photo, but shown in the televised video, she was making a right-hand turn when the accident occurred.

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Police said the driver told them she blacked out just before the accident.

Um, it can happen to anyone regardless of age if you have health problems. It was a blessed relief that no one was killed. Hope injured persons will recover soon.

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I don´t understand why commentators call her liar right off the bat. People have blacked out before, it could be a medical problem. In which case, of course, she should have a drivers license.

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