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Driver arrested after ramming motorbike from behind, killing rider

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Police in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of reckless driving resulting in death after he rammed a motorbike on a highway, causing the rider to fall off his bike. The motorbike rider, a 22-year-old university student, died of his injuries.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 7:30 p.m. on July 2, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said the drive recorder in the car of Akihiro Nakamura, who works as a security guard, showed him tailgating the motorcyclist, Takumi Takada, for about one kilometer before he rammed the bike.

Takada suffered extensive head injuries and was taken to hospital where he was confirmed dead.

Nakamura kept going but then returned to the scene. Police said he has admitted to ramming the motorbike because it cut across in front of him but he denied any intent to kill.

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This was entirely avoidable, and down to nothing other than this lowlife's road rage. Lock him up.

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Denied any intent to kill?

Is this the Japanese buzzword of 2018?

lets see how that upholds in court buddy. Bye bye

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Not just avoidable, the guy admitted to intent ... if you ram a bike from behind on a highway... what is it if not an intent to kill? Capital punishment for this low life!

7 ( +10 / -3 )

"Nakamura kept going but then returned to the scene. Police said he has admitted to ramming the motorbike because it cut across in front of him but he denied any intent to kill."

Well, maybe when Nakamura is in prison and people are cutting across from him all the time, hopefully for life, he'll think, "Darn... all he did was cut in front of me. Perhaps I shouldn't have murdered him as a result. Life's not a lot better here in prison."

And I'm curious, was the driver of the motorcycles one of those kids who thinks wearing the helmet around your neck is better than on your head, as it is intended? or was he even wearing one. Am curious about his injuries if he was.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

As I motorbike rider I feel bother but seething anger towards this scumbag. That could have been me battered and left for dead.

He didn’t like the bike cutting him up.

Yeah, he may have passed in front to get by. But I’m betting the driver sped up to catch him.

We know the rest.

He better swing. That’s murder in my book.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

hes scum.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Give this scum the death penalty

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

"But I’m betting the driver sped up to catch him."

Maybeperhapsyes, you are correct. The CG re-enactment on television news showed the motorbike, which was driving in the left lane, passing the car on the left (a paved shoulder). The motorbike then switched lanes to the right-hand lane (2 lanes in each direction) as did the car driver, who then pursued while sounding the horn and flashing the lights. After chasing for 1 kilometre, the driver accelerated into the motorcycle causing the rider to crash and suffer fatal injuries. Too bad he forgot to erase his drive recorder...

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Road rage in Japan is real and a real threat to all who use the roads (obviously). He purposely used his car as a weapon. Denying intent to kill is irrelevant. The petty charge of reckless driving he receives in Japan would be upgraded to murder by a motor vehicle where I come from and he would be facing 15-20 years in jail. He won't even get his licence suspended.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

I think that anyone who murders another person and denies any intent to kill should automatically get an extra 10-years slapped on.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Motor vehicles will bring out the true character in the driver. It is an unrecognized Zen Thing.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

It's getting worse out there folks, be careful.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. In this case it applies to both the biker cutting off the car (being dead for cutting off the wrong guy), and the driver for not letting it go and destroying his own life as well as that kid's.

If that guy has any empathy, I wouldn't want to be him and having to live with that!

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

If you deliberately tailgate then ram a bike rider with a car its a murder. How can you defend such actions by claiming no intent to kill?

its become the 2nd most used response following the drunk and don’t remember routine.

do the crime...do the time!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

@stocktrader

are you seriously suggesting the dead guy on the bike asked for it?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Perhaps lessons for all motorbike riders. Riding inbetween cars on the center line of lanes. Riding on the shoulder to pass traffic and/or be first in line at the light. Basically disregarding most rules of the road. It has consequences. Atleast someone did something to deter it. The police rarely do.

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Takada suffered extensive head injuries and was taken to hospital where he was confirmed dead.

Sounds like the kind of rider who likes to wear the helmet strapless and on the back of his head.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

This is a simple road rage that has an unfortunate ending.

The driver has no excuse for tailgating the motorcyclist, there's no barrier to protect the guy but just his own body that is why no matter how frustrating some motorcyclist are I just have to remind myself that.

I also had an experience where I had to stop for oncoming yellow light and this motorcyclist behind me didn't like that at all. He stopped on my left shoulder and took off his helmet and gave me that "look". I just didn't mind him at all because there's no positivity will come out of it anyway.

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they should add neuro and psych tests for those applying or renewing their driver's license, maybe that'll help

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Tailgaiting in japan is like a sport or something fun for most Japanese people to do. I can;t understand why do people feel the need to drive so close behind someone. Especially those huge truck drivers. Tailgaiting should be looked at more seriously rather than looking for people who cross a line on the road.

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