Police in Mitaka, Tokyo, said Sunday they have arrested a 25-year-old company employee over a car crash that left a 69-year-old man dead.
The suspect, identified as Hikaru Ito, was quoted by police as saying he had been drinking and that he momentarily fell asleep at the wheel when the accident happened at around 2:40 a.m. Saturday, TV Asahi reported.
Police said a car being driven by Yasunobu Nakata was hit by Ito's car at an intersection and pushed along for about 15 meters. Ito kept going and his car was found 30 minutes later in a parking lot about one kilometer away.
Nakata was taken to hospital with severe injuries but was pronounced dead upon arrival, police said.
Ito told police he was drunk and fled the scene in a state of panic.© Japan Today