A 77-year-old man was killed Monday night after he was inadvertently knocked from a platform at Keio Line's Shinjuku Station by a drunken man and hit by an incoming train, police said Tuesday.
The drunken man had stumbled on the platform and bumped into a line of people waiting for a train, creating a domino effect and causing the man at the front of the line to fall on to the track, the police said.
The victim in the incident, which occurred at around 8:35 p.m., has been identified as Masaya Sato from Tama City, the president of Seisa University based in Hokkaido and son of novelist Haruo Sato.
The police arrested Yukinori Fujii, a 42-year-old part-time worker from Hino City, who had been allegedly sitting on the platform waiting for a train before standing up and bumping into the commuters.
Fujii was initially arrested on suspicion of negligence resulting in Sato's injury, but after the death of Sato, who was also a Keio University professor emeritus, was confirmed, police changed the charge to negligence resulting in death.
A police official quoted Fujii as saying, ''I drank beer and chuhai (alcoholic beverage). When I stood up, I felt dizzy and lost balance.''© News reports