A man in a wheelchair and his helper, both 70 years old, were hit and killed by a vehicle on a public road in Yamaguchi Prefecture, police said Tuesday. The driver of the car, Takeshi Kadono, 74, has been arrested on a charge of dangerous driving resulting in death, Fuji TV reported.
The accident occurred on a road in Hohokucho, Shimonoseki city at around 6 p.m. on Monday. Kadono's car hit the two men as they were walking along the road. One man was pushing the other in his wheelchair, police said.
Both victims suffered head and chest injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital where they died shortly after arrival, police said.
Kadono was quoted by police as saying that he hadn't noticed the men nor the wheelchair until he hit them.
The place where the accident occurred is a straight, single lane road with clear visibility at the time, police said.
The two men were close friends and were just returning from a local hotel, where they had attended a traditional ceremony to celebrate turning 70.© Japan Today