Police in Saitama said Saturday they have arrested an 18-year-old high school boy after the open door of the car he was driving hit and killed a male pedestrian.
According to police, the incident occurred in Sakura Ward at around 10 p.m. on March 28. TBS reported that Koichi Shimizu, 43, was standing on the sidewalk when the car driven by the high-school boy suddenly and unexpectedly accelerated while the driver's seat door was still open. Shimizu was sideswiped by the door and sustained fatal injuries.
According to eyewitness reports, the car had been ahead of Shimizu. It then backed up, and swerved onto the sidewalk. TBS quoted police as saying the driver -- who is a minor and cannot be named -- did not have a driver's license and that he fled the scene.
Following his arrest, the boy confirmed to police that the car door was indeed open, but that he had no intention of killing anyone.
Although the two were said to be not acquainted, an outburst of angry shouting had been heard just before the accident occurred, TBS reported.© Japan Today