A man who was arrested following a hit-and-run accident has escaped from a hospital in Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture.
According to police, 43-year-old Kunihiko Yokotani allegedly hit and killed a 60-year-old man in Shirahama in August of last year. Yokotani fled the scene and was arrested in November. He complained of an illness and requested permission to be checked into a hospital for a medical examination, TV Asahi reported. He was granted permission for 48 hours from noon on Jan 23.
Police said that Yokotani was visited in hospital by his brother on Jan 25. In the early hours of the morning on Jan 26, Yokotani told a guard he was going outside to smoke. He is believed to have got away in his younger brother's car, which was waiting outside to pick him up, TV Asahi reported.
Police say a manhunt is currently underway.© Japan Today