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Motorcyclist killed in crash after being pursued by police

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A 36-year-old man riding a motorcycle was killed after he crashed into a car while being chased by police in Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture, on Monday.

According to police, the crash occurred at around 3:30 a.m. at an intersection on National Route 1, Fuji TV reported. Police said a patrol car spotted the motorcyclist speeding and called out to him to stop. However, he ignored the police call and kept going, with the patrol car in pursuit.

After about 1.5 kilometers, the motorcycle went through a red light at the intersection and crashed into a light car driven by a 50-year-old man. The motorcyclist, identified as Tsutomu Fukuse, a truck driver from Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, was taken to hospital where he died about 2 1/2 hours later. The driver of the car sustained serious injuries but is in a stable condition, police said.

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I feel sorry for the 50 year old man driving the "light-car" and hope he fully recovers!

The guy who died is an idiot!

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far too many accidents occur while police are chasing suspects more time should be spent in use of drones and tech to follow those fleeing

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It's way too common for drivers to believe they can escape the cops. Sadly, many of them end in deaths.

I wonder if he 50 year old driver of the car he hit would have sustained serious injuries if he was driving a real car and not one of those death trap K-cars.

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Japanese police clearly don’t have the same guidelines for continuing a vehicle pursuit that American cops have. We periodically read about these crashes caused by someone fleeing the police.

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Japanese police clearly don’t have the same guidelines for continuing a vehicle pursuit that American cops have. We periodically read about these crashes caused by someone fleeing the police.

It's not the actions of the cops that caused this accident, and I would say YES there is a huge difference, Japanese cops dont throw down tire piercing spikes on the road to stop a speeding vehicle!

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Chip StarToday  06:50 am JST

Japanese police clearly don’t have the same guidelines for continuing a vehicle pursuit that American cops have. We periodically read about these crashes caused by someone fleeing the police.

which town American cops are you referring to? Are there federal guidelines? Most are quick to fire their their weapons.

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And this is why police should not chase people on motorcycles.

The UK police have more sense than Japanese police.

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Marsh Mallow

And this is why police should not chase people on motorcycles.

The UK police have more sense than Japanese police.

Wrong !!  This is why people on motorcycles should not run from the police. This guy may have gotten a ticket for speeding and scolded by the police but he would still be alive today probably enjoying a bowl of Ramen right now. He chose to run and now he's dead. Was it worth it ??? NO. Running from the police makes no sense it only makes matters worse, point in hand - Death or a Traffic Ticket ?? I'll take the Traffic Ticket all day every day.

 

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And this is why police should not chase people on motorcycles.

Perfect! Then all bank robbers would have to do would be to flee the scene on motorcycles, confident that the police won't chase them.

Oh wait, maybe sometimes it actually is useful for the police to chase motorcycles.

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@Marsh Mallow

No UK police don't chase motorcyclists, they ram them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ers7JSQRPE. In what way is this better?

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Perfect! Then all bank robbers would have to do would be to flee the scene on motorcycles, confident that the police won't chase them.

Well, here in Queensland, Australia. Police has a no-pursuit police. According to other sources, pursuits were allowed when officers had a reasonable belief that someone in the vehicle would create an imminent threat to life or had or may commit an act of murder or attempted murder. Other reasons could be if the person had issued threats to kill someone and had the capacity to carry it out or had committed an indictable offence.

One time news on TV reported that an offender driving a vehicle being chased by police called 000 and asked the operator to stop the police because it was illegal for them to chase him.

This policy is critised by the New South Wales police (NSW is located south of QLD) and the QLD police union.

This happened after a enquiry into innocent people killed in high speed police pursuit and deemed that those deaths were preventable.

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and crashed into a light car driven by a 50-year-old man..... The driver of the car sustained serious injuries but is in a stable condition

It's not often you hear about someone in a car that was hit by a motorcycle sustaining serious injuries.

Oh right. It was a kei.

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Perfect! Then all bank robbers would have to do would be to flee the scene on motorcycles, confident that the police won't chase them.

Oh wait, maybe sometimes it actually is useful for the police to chase motorcycles.

Right. maybe it's not so "useful" if either the bankrobber or the cops crash into another vehicle, and kill or seriously injure the innocent people in the car, or cause an accident that maims or kills pedestrian bystanders. I doubt you'd be so approving of police chases if that happened to you, or to someone you care about.

Never mind bank robbers, we've seen time and time again on JT and elsewhere reports of police chasing vehicles just on "suspicion" of trivial offences, and people being killed or injured over nothing.

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DOEL HARRY

I am not saying police should not uphold the law. The question is by giving chase it can endanger other innocent people. The article says the runner is killed and I agreed it was entirely the result of his stupid action. However, the driver in the kai car was seriously injured. If he was you or one of your loved one. Will you be so forgiving when the offender had only committeed a small traffic offence of speeding at 3am and the police decided to launch a dangerous high speed chase that results in innocent people getting injured or killed?

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Agree with yoshisan88 -

If there's any possibility of innocent people being seriously injured and/or killed, then that should be enough to halt a high speed chase. Especially so, in the case of minor infringements.

Yes the rider was 100% at fault. He invited death by his reckless hi-speed actions - but the poor driver of the car had no day in the matter. We don't know the extent of his injuries, but it doesn't sound good.

This comes not so long after a siren blaring, speeding police car ploughed into and killed pedestrians. They were rushing to a station to conduct an "emergency" interrogation of a drug suspect.

Again, if the situation is not life threatening, use every other possible means other than hi-speed chase to identify / apprehend the suspect. eg cameras, radio-ing ahead, road blocks etc are better than people dying.

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"Police said a patrol car spotted the motorcyclist speeding and called out to him to stop. However, he ignored the police call and kept going, with the patrol car in pursuit."

Some of these motorcyclist speed like a bat out of hell, I almost got hit getting out of a taxi, the clown sped through a changing light and came within a foot of the taxi door. If I had taken 2 steps, he would have hit me. Another problem is the ridiculous noise pollution some of those speeding motorcyclist make, can be very disturbing.

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Too bad the other guy got hurt and his car was damaged but at least there is one less idiot on the road.

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Sorry, I have zero pity for the motorcycle driver. I lived near Neyagawa and route one and these idiots do this ALL THE TIME, often without lights, and in groups. I'm just glad the police actually tried to do something about it for a change. I hope that, if the man had any type of insurance, like life insurance, a portion of it goes towards paying for the driver of the light car, and the rest becomes voided immediately as the man was fleeing police and committing at least one crime in doing so.

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yoshisan88

You ask if I "Will you be so forgiving when the offender had only committed a small traffic offence"

YES I would be forgiving towards the police officer he doing his job. But for the Idiot that decided to run he better keep running cause I'll be coming for Him / Her.

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As expected, there's the usual crowd blaming the police for an idiot's actions. All he had to do was stop and no one would be dead or injured. The motorcyclist made the choice to trigger the pursuit. That is what happens when you break the law and run from the police. You get chased.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

The only one responsible for anything here is the motorcyclist.

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YES I would be forgiving towards the police officer he doing his job. But for the Idiot that decided to run he better keep running cause I'll be coming for Him / Her.

Someone has to be the adult in the room. Someone has to be able to look at a situation and determine that it would be unintelligent and risky to pursue a course of action that would put the lives of innocent people in danger. You can't rely on the suspect to apply that logic. They may be drunk, paranoid, yes, even guilty of something, and if they run they are certainly panicked and neither in control of themselves nor the overall situation. In that case, it has to be the police, who are presumably none of those things, to do the responsible thing. If the police decide to initiate a high speed chase through a built-up area in pursuit of someone who may or may not have committed a minor offence, then it's the police who are the idiots and are just as responsible as the person they're chasing. They don't have to do it. They can take down number plates and usually have other electronic surveillance methods available to them to track the person down. The police are the ones controlling the situation. Supposedly.

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They may be drunk, paranoid, yes, even guilty of something,

You would seriously rather have a drunk driver loose on the road? He's going to kill someone whether the cops chase him or not.

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Drunk driver loose on the road, vs drunk driver loose on the road AND being chased by the cops? I'll take Option 1, thanks.

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Drunk driver loose on the road, vs drunk driver loose on the road AND being chased by the cops? I'll take Option 1, thanks.

You would rather have an impaired driver behind the wheel of a deadly weapon with the potential to kill multiple people unchecked than have someone attempt to stop him?

Ok, got it. Makes zero sense, but I got it.

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You would rather have an impaired driver behind the wheel of a deadly weapon with the potential to kill multiple people unchecked than have someone attempt to stop him?

You would rather have the cops chase a panicked but sober driver behind the wheel of a deadly weapon with the potential to kill multiple people rather than let the driver get away with even the suspicion of a minor traffic offence?

Ok, got it. Makes zero sense, but I got it.

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You would rather have the cops chase a panicked but sober driver behind the wheel of a deadly weapon with the potential to kill multiple people rather than let the driver get away with even the suspicion of a minor traffic offence?

I see you are a fan of moving goal posts. We were discussing drunk drivers, but sure ignore the fact that you actually said you would rather see a drunk driver on the road than being stopped.

And yes, if an idiot behind the wheel runs from the police for a minor traffic offense, yes, I expect him to be pursued. You don't get away with breaking the law because you run, you get punished for it.

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