A car being chased by a police patrol car crashed into a taxi, killing the passenger in Iwade, Wakayama Prefecture, on Sunday morning.
According to police, the 2-kilometer-long chase began just before 2 a.m. NTV reported that the patrol car pursued the car which was traveling at 80 kph when it went through a red light at an intersection and slammed into the taxi turning right.
A 43-year-old man in the back seat of the taxi died three hours later of heavy injuries sustained in the crash. The 61-year-old taxi driver and the 50-year-old driver of the car being chased remain in a coma, police said.
Police said the patrol car ordered the car to stop after it was driving in an erratic manner. The driver ignored the call and sped off.© Japan Today