A 29-year-old man was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for causing the death of a 38-year-old woman and injuring her 1-year-old son, when his truck went through a red light at an intersection in Soka, Saitama Prefecture, in February.
The Saitama District Court heard that the truck, driven by Shizuo Yageta, 29, went through a red light and slammed into another truck coming from the left, and then hit a car, at around 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday Feb 8. It went onto the sidewalk where it hit Miki Arai and her son who were on their way home from kindergarten. Arai suffered severe head injuries and was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her son suffered light injuries.
Police arrested Yageta at the scene and later charged him with reckless driving resulting in death and injury. He was quoted by police as saying he was checking a street map on his smartphone when the accident occurred.
Arai had been due to resume working the next day after taking maternity leave.
Following the verdict, the victim's husband, Kenji Arai, told the media that he appreciates the judge's decision and believes that the judge "understood (the gravity of the case) more than (he) expected," Sankei Shimbun reported. "I want to tell my wife that it's all over."
He also addressed Yageta, telling him, "You're still young, so I hope you'll be able to build a family of your own; a family we couldn't have."© Japan Today