A drunk driver veered onto the sidewalk and ran over a father and son, killing them both, in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Prefecture, police said Monday.
According to police, Kazuo Arai, 52, was driving under the influence of alcohol at around 12:10 a.m. on Sunday, when he mounted the sidewalk and hit Kameo Sato, 70, and his son Takayuki Sato, 39, TV Asahi reported.
The men were reportedly heading to a shrine to offer their first prayer of the year, a Japanese New Year tradition known as "hatsumode." The pair were taken to hospital, where they later died from their injuries.
Arai was quoted by police as saying that he had been drinking, but he thought it would be alright to go out for a quick trip to get some cigarettes.© Japan Today