A 30-year-old man died after being hit and dragged by a car for about 3 kilometers in downtown Osaka in the early hours of Tuesday. Police are hunting for the driver of the car, described as a red- or black-colored station wagon, on suspicion of driving away after the accident and also of negligence resulting in the man's death.
The victim was identified as Gentaro Suzuki, an employee of a real estate company who resided in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture.
Suzuki was hit by the car at around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday at a crossing on a national highway in Osaka's downtown Kita Ward. He was found dead on a street in Fukushima Ward around 10 minutes later, the police said.
It is suspected that the car dragged Suzuki for about 3 km after hitting him, they said.
Suzuki was apparently hit from the right side while he and a 40-year-old colleague were walking on a road without a crosswalk, the police said. They were en route to JR Osaka Station after drinking from Monday night through early Tuesday. The colleague reported the incident to a nearby police box.
Investigators have found blood marks and blood stained tire tracks along the 3-km distance, the police said.© Wire reports