A 78-year-old woman was killed by a car while weeding near the road in front of her house in in Chiba's Wakaba Ward on Sunday morning. According to police, the victim, identified as Fuku Sugita, was struck by a car being driven by Kosuke Kiyota, 21, who was reversing his car along the road.
Kiyota told police he was unaware that he had hit someone until his vehicle would no longer move backwards. He gave no explanation for why he had stopped his car and was moving in reverse. He said he panicked and left the scene of the accident, but a punctured tire kept him from traveling further than about one kilometer.
A witness to the accident called police who apprehended Kiyota. He has been charged with reckless driving resulting in death and police said he may also be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.© News reports