A 20-year-old female police officer who was taking part in a campaign to crack down on traffic violations, died after being hit by a minivan at an intersection in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 11 a.m. on Monday. Sankei Shimbun reported that Yuri Nishino, an officer from Matsuyama-higashi Police Station’s Community Affairs Division, was struck by a courier vehicle at a narrow intersection. Nishino hit her head on the pavement and lost consciousness. She was taken to hospital where she died a short time later, police said.
According to police reports, Nishino was part of a team cracking down on traffic violations and had exited her police car after stopping one vehicle. When she attempted to cross an intersection, she was hit by the van that came from the left.
Ehime Prefectural Police have arrested the 27-year-old driver, identified as Kentaro Hayase, a company employee, on a charge of negligent driving resulting in death.
The accident site has no stop sign or traffic lights.© Japan Today