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Mother, 4-year-old daughter hit by truck; driver arrested


A 36-year-old woman and her four-year-old daughter were hit by a truck at an intersection in Shima, Mie Prefecture, on Wednesday.

Police said the mother, Akina Ito, was in a coma Thursday after suffering a head injury. Her daughter sustained minor injuries and is in stable condition.

The driver of the truck, Toshinori Hiraga, was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving resulting in injury, police said, adding he has admitted to the charge.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. on a crossing along National Route 167. The traffic light was red at the time. Hiraga was quoted by police as saying he took his eyes off the lights for a second.

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Hiraga was quoted by police as saying he took his eyes off the lights for a second.

Yeah he was to busy texting to look at the signal lights. Daaaaaaaaaaaaa ....

For safety reasons even if the signal light is in your favor before a pedestrian enters the crosswalk they should wait until traffic stops.

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Hogwash, he was racing the light like so many people here love to do.

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Glad the mother and child aren't dead. As for the pathetic loser who ran them down, he's lost his job as a truck driver and hopefully any means to make a living. Hope you've got unemployment insurance , loser

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@vince black

10000% don't have unemployment insurance because all transport companies here in Japan are black af. Just yesterday my partner's company told him to drive two different 10ton dump trucks from south osaka to kyoto then kobe, but still cut his commission by 30% because he doesn't own one of the trucks. Oh, and he had to fill both trucks several times and then drop it off in time or else lower pay out. All within 10 or so hours. This guy has no excuse for running the light, but the pressure on truck drivers in this country is insane and the government needs to step in.

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Took his eyes off the light for a second? One thing I have noticed since living in Japan is that it takes time for the light to go from green for cars to green for pedestrians.

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Today i walked across an intersection while the green man was on, someone just goes right thru the red light like a normal occurrence.. ..this happens every single day i noticed.

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Last time the government stepped into the truck drivers issue they removed the allowable overtime cap. Careful what you wish for. Has that 80yo who killed 2 people even been arrested yet? Bizarre law enforcement, like running red light might be 1 week campaign that's advertised then the other 50weeks who cares.

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Yup #me too. On Monday I was walking and about to cross on a green light when a Kei car drove right through against the red. (I didn’t manage to see the driver.) I waved and pointed at the red light and the following car slowed and stopped.

Can’t take anything for granted now, it seems.

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Probelm is that the police in Japan are incredibly incompetent, they totally ignore red light jumpers... oh and don't get me started on zebra crossings...

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Welcome to Japan.

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Hogwash, he was racing the light like so many people here love to do.

Truth, brother.

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Does Japan have cameras fitted to the posts so if some one jumped the red stop light, it takes a picture of the number plate and sends them an instant fine and penalises the driving licence?? it would stop a lot of red light jumpers.

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As usual your comments are spot on.

you are sooo right about the campaigns the police have where any tiny infraction of the law gets punished but for the remainder of the year is totally ignored.

I have always wondered about it.

Also,if you say To a local person that you were nearly run down by a red light runner they reply like it is something so rare that they can't comprehend it when in fact running red lights over here is the norm not the exception.

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Took his eyes off the light for a second?

Yeah, let's tell the truth by completing the sentence....took my eyes off the light for a second to check my phone.

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