An 18 year-old man who hit and killed three nurses with his car while they were waiting at a traffic light on June 1 will be brought to trial in family court on a charge of involuntary manslaughter with a motor vehicle, authorities said Tuesday.
Relatives of the victims had hoped the man, who cannot be named because he is a minor, would face a charge of vehicular homicide. The younger sister of one of the victims said, "If that's not dangerous driving, then what is? The laws are in place, but they're no good if they don't apply."
According to police, the suspect, who had got his driver's license just one week earlier, hit the three nurses while they were waiting at a crossing in Yokohama's Tsuzuki Ward. Due to the seriousness of the accident, the Yokohama District Public Prosecutor originally considered charging him with vehicular homicide.
It was determined however, that there was no proof the driver "intentionally ignored the traffic signal," prompting the prosecutor to change the charge to involuntary manslaughter with a motor vehicle.© News reports