A 77-year-old man was arrested on Sunday for vehicular negligence resulting in death and fleeing the scene of an accident. Minoru Ishikawa, president of Ishikawa Gakuen – a corporate body which runs Suginoko Kindergarten and Kobato Kindergarten, is accused of hitting a 2-year-old girl with his car as she was walking behind her mother at a pedestrian crossing in Yokohama City in late June.
The girl, Sara Onishi, was walking behind her mother, Mona, 38, at around 11.40 a.m. on June 30 at a crossing in Nishi Ward, when a car turning right hit her and failed to stop at the scene. She was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead about an hour later.
Ishikawa, whose vehicle was identified from security camera footage, was quoted by police as saying: “I didn’t see the girl but I had a feeling I had hit someone. When I looked in my rear view mirror and didn’t see anyone, I got scared and drove home.”
Police said Ishikawa continued working as usual in July, but indicated on Sunday that he will resign.© News reports