A man convicted on charges of negligent driving resulting in the death of two children was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday. Prosecutors had sought a 15-year prison term for Tomohiro Miyata, 21.
The Tokyo District Court heard that Miyata was driving in the Denenchofu district in Ota Ward on the night of Dec 26, 2010, when his car mounted the sidewalk, killing Mitsuyori Mizushima, 9, from Tochigi Prefecture, and his 6-year-old cousin. The children's grandparents were also injured in the accident.
Three male passengers aged 19 and 20 were in the car with Miyata. The four men were on their way to Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, from Tokyo. The car plowed into the pedestrians on the sidewalk of a four-lane straight road after running through a red light at a busy intersection. It then rammed into a power pole and the hedge of a condominium.© Japan Today