The parents of a 19-year-old man killed by a hit-and-run driver last October have presented a petition to the Nagoya District Public Prosecutor's Office, demanding a heavier sentence for the accused.
The 47-year-old suspect, a Brazilian national, was arrested following the incident which resulted in the death of Kiyohito Mano, and charged with reckless driving.
Mano's parents appeared at the courthouse on Friday carrying a petition containing the signatures of 28,950 people calling for the suspect to be charged with vehicular manslaughter, Fuji TV reported.
According to police, the suspect was driving without a license and had consumed alcohol prior to the accident. The maximum sentence for dangerous driving in Japan is seven years. The petitioners are appealing for the sentence to be upgraded to one of vehicular manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
After presenting the petition, Mano's mother told the press, "Driving without a license, after drinking alcohol, is not just carelessness or negligence," Fuji reported.
A spokesperson said that the signatures were collected from across the country over six days.© Japan Today