Man arrested over hit-and run death in Ibaraki Prefecture


Police in Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of dangerous driving resulting in death after he hit and killed a 43-year-old man and then kept going.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 12:15 a.m. Sunday, Sankei Shimbun reported. The victim, Soshi Nakano, who lived nearby, was hit by a car driven by Jun Saito, a company employee from Abiko in Chiba Prefecture. Saito kept going.

Nakano was declared dead at the scene.

Police arrested Saito on Sunday after identifying his car through street surveillance camera footage. They said Saito has denied the charge and quoted him as saying he thought he hit something but was not aware that it was a person.

Police said there is also some indication that Nakano was hit by another car prior to being struck by Saito's vehicle.

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I hope the guy was breathalysed. Stiff custodial sentence, please.

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So he may actually have been dead before he was struck a second time? Article raises more questions than it answers.

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Saito has denied the charge and quoted him as saying he thought he hit something but was not aware that it was a person.

That's what they always say in these hit-and-runs in Japan, because the number one excuse in Japan after committing a violent crime, "I was drunk, and don't remember", would only make things worse in driving-related cases.

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So whilst driving if you feel a thump in your car you don't bother to stop and find out what happened ? I mean, like you may have just hit something right ? Or perhaps even, it could have been something portentous of an impending disaster for yourself ? Like a bit of your car falling off.... maybe even a brake pad - so you're not even curious ?

Perhaps the playing of loud music within the car meant that you didnt hear it... Law makers should focus upon banning music/noise within Cars ... rather than Cyclists wearing headphones!

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