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Garbage truck driver arrested for fatally hitting girl in Shizuoka Prefecture

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A fourth-grade elementary school girl was fatally hit by a garbage truck in Shizuoka Prefecture’s Hamamatsu City on Monday. Police have arrested the 60-year-old truck driver on suspicion of dangerous driving resulting in death.

The incident occurred at around 3:20 p.m. on a two-lane road with a crosswalk in a residential area of Hamana Ward, NHK reported. The girl was confirmed dead at the scene. Her bicycle and helmet were found nearby.

Police said the girl had returned home from school and gone out on her bicycle. She is believed to have been on the crosswalk when she was hit by the truck.

Police said the truck driver, Naoya Fujita, has admitted that he "hit someone with his truck."

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Very few drivers stop for the pedestrians at the crosswalk near my house.

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Garbage truck drivers around my place drive like they are in racing cars, when they are not collecting garbage, of course.

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@ Moonraker

Same here in Kansai

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Almost got hit by a big ass truck on the same day on Monday when it ran through a red light at a pedestrian crossing I was at since he floored it to try to beat the red, which he didn't come close to doing. Glad I was paying attention. This happens all the time, especially with trucks. They need to chill and go more slowly in residential areas.

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I know we gotta stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, but the pedestrians who have puh-LENTY of time to cross before you get there, but instead wait until you arrive and THEN cross...those people - they upset me more than just a bit.

Then there are the old people who loiter around the crosswalk. You gonna cross? Gonna fall down where you are? Gonna jump out and end it all? It's a real nail-biter!

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@JeffLee

Very few drivers stop for the pedestrians at the crosswalk near my house.

Very few drivers stop for pedestrians at crosswalks anywhere in Japan. I’ve been here more than 20 years and it’s so rare to see drivers stop at crosswalks that I feel obliged to bow and says thank you.

There was a study done about 5 years ago which found that something like 80% of drivers don’t stop at crosswalks.

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"Loiter"? Do you expect them to sprint on the crosswalk?

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There was a study done about 5 years ago which found that something like 80% of drivers don’t stop at crosswalks.

I was wrong - it was over 90%.

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The study I mentioned:

https://japantoday.com/category/national/more-than-90-of-vehicles-dont-stop-at-crosswalks-without-lights-despite-presence-of-pedestrians?comment-order=latest

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@owzer

Are you really complaining people are not gambling their life on the chance the driver will :

be paying attention

be able to accurately estimate distance including emergency stop in case

be in a good mood enough to not road rage over them

be humble enough to consider other people have the right to exist on their pass

be driving a car whose accelerator and brake pedal do not kept switching each other, making it difficult to not make a geniune mistake

Personaly, I will not. Guess I am not the only one.

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but instead wait until you arrive and THEN cross...those people - they upset me more than just a bit.

Are you mad? Who would ever do that?

Pedestrian crossings are quite dangerous I feel in Japan. Even if one car stops, it's likely that the driver in the opposite lane will just drive through. I just got back from NZ and the levels of consideration and awareness are quite stark. Japanese drivers are atrocious.

Raising your hand like the schoolkids do seems quite effective. Sometimes you have to be a bit ballsy and step out, pretend that you are willing to take the hit. Call their bluff. The 'Nam way.

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Are you mad? Who would ever do that?

I really ought to upload my drive recorder and share it with you. Just 3 days ago, some self-entitled dimwit of a woman had cars stopped on the opposite side of a two-lane road (one lane each way) and waited a full 20 seconds for me to reach the crossing before deciding to go.

Sorry. That was rude. She might not have been self-entitled.

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As a pedestrian who hasn't not driven a vehicle in more than 10 years, instead rely on my own feet ,trains and buses which are all I need to get to where I need to be. I have been appalled and even frightened by the disregard for others shown by so many drivers, including garbage, taxi and delivery drivers. I would like to think the police would spend time checking red light/ stop sign runners. And they should also check parking violators, too many times I see a vehicle parked within inches of a junction further obscuring sight lines already limited because of walls, vegetation and buildings built to lot line. I live near several schools and worry for the safety of children having to walk on narrow streets while vehicles, including bicycles zoom by, the dangers are further increased when people carry open umbrellas while checking their phones. Seeing so many drivers squinting, not just on sunny days, while driving makes me wonder whether drivers get vision checked frequently enough.

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Drivers in general racing through red lights, doing something else while driving or just speeding is a big problem here. But more so, is the bewildering police who don't enforce these rules.

I swear, if the police sat at the traffic lights in my town for a week and ticketed the drivers who ran a red light, they would have enough funds for the year.

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