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Pedestrian killed after being hit by car in police chase

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A woman pedestrian was hit and killed by a car being chased by police in Tokyo on Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, the incident occurred on National Route One in Ota Ward at 12:50 p.m., Fuji TV reported. The incident started about 15 minutes earlier, when the 31-year-old female driver of the car was being questioned by police after they had received a report about a car moving about suspiciously in Shinagawa Ward. During questioning, she took off in her car.

During the one-kilometer chase, the car went through several red traffic lights, then sped along a sidewalk for about 60 meters, hit another car and finally a concrete wall surrounding a garden outside an apartment building. A 34-year-old woman was walking by when she got caught up in the crash. The woman, Yu Takahashi, was rushed to hospital but died from her injuries shortly after arrival.

The driver of the car, Marisa Nakagawa, works at a restaurant/bar in Kawasaki City. She was later arrested at a nearby apartment, where she fled to on foot after the accident.

Police quoted Nakagawa as saying, “I remember taking off in my car after being questioned by the police, but I can’t recall the details of what happened after that.”

Police on Thursday said Nakagawa told them that prior to the incident, she had taken too many drugs but did not specify what the drugs were.

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Police on Thursday said Nakagawa told them that prior to the incident, she had taken too much medication for an unspecified condition.

Then don´t drive! That is not an excuse.

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Throw her in the pit for a good decade...she deserves nothing less..

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Another person dies as a result of a police chase. It seems to be a regular occurrence these days, but are these chases really necessary in an age of cameras and radios.

The woman took off without the police even chasing her in the first place. Since she claims she remembers nothing due to medication, I doubt she would of stopped police or no police chasing her. She decided to do it, not the police.

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The death penalty is never given for vehicular manslaughter.

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"...she had taken too much medication for an unspecified condition."

In other words, she was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs. A common bar worker, driving a car costing over ¥10 million (SL Class M-B SL550 V8 Bi-Turbo)...what could possibly go wrong? Why should she have to stop for a red signal light?

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From a traffic stop to a manslaughter beef in the space of less than a mile... This is what happens when people put their own personal liberty over the lives of others.

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Well, for all the chaos, and especially for the murder of that pedestrian woman, she deserves at least 30 years in prison. If I were the victim relative, I would wish her at least 40 years.

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the car went through several red traffic lights, then sped along a sidewalk for about 60 meters, hit another car and finally a concrete wall surrounding a garden outside an apartment building

Sounded like the fast and the furious until…

During the one-kilometer chase,

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Many women and children first to die in Japan those days.

So sad.

Medication does not make you so craey as to lose total control of yourself. Was it rather drugs ?

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She looks like a real piece of work. Works in a bar and yet 'somehow' has the coin to roll around in that Benz. Just from her social media picture, winking while flipping the bird (middle finger) and the car, I will take a guess that she doesn't take well to being told what to do when caught breaking the law. Might even have yakuza ties.

https://www.tokyoreporter.com/japan/female-driver-arrested-after-high-speed-chase-ends-in-fatal-crash/

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Works in a bar and yet 'somehow' has the coin to roll around in that Benz.

Yeah, from working in the bar.

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There’s a photo of her on tokyoreporter.com, and a bit more information.

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Whenever people have trouble recalling pertinent details of an event, it's usually best to give them ample time to get their recollections together. I suggest they start by giving her 20 years in the lockup as a start. That ought to be a good amount of time for her to figure out what happened.

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Police have found a 'chuushyaki' (syringe) inside, or near the crashed car. It seems the "medicine" that she had consumed was MDMA (commonly known as 'ecstasy' or 'molly').

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She looks like a real piece of work. Works in a bar and yet 'somehow' has the coin to roll around in that Benz. 

We know that hostess bars are often convenient cover for escort work, so if she has a wealthy patron or three, that could explain the car. It doesn’t necessarily follow that she is a gangster’s moll (though that is a possibility).

All very unpleasant and unnecessary.

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I wonder what medical condition requires a prescription of ‘ecstasy’?

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There’s a photo of her on tokyoreporter.com, and a bit more information.

She looks like the type who would do something like this.

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Japanese police need to formulate other strategies than just chasing fleeing drivers-it’s too dangerous!

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In August last year a boy was hit by police car, now a chased car hit a pedestrian. While in May chased car crashed to another car.

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/car-being-pursued-by-police-crashes-into-another-vehicle-killing-its-driver

If they need to apprehend her there are so many safer way to do that especially since these days so many camera everywhere on the street. She can be apprehend by surprise not by open chase that can risk innocent person.

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About 15 minutes earlier, the 31-year-old female driver of the car had taken off while being questioned by police 

During the one-kilometer chase

15 minutes for a one-kilometer car chase? Were they driving backwards?

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RandomToday  08:55 am JST

I wonder what medical condition requires a prescription of ‘ecstasy’?

Raveitis, there was quite a pandemic of it in the 90s.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Police need to find alternative to chess, every year similar story need to stop too...

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‘An unspecified condition’ may indicate something like epilepsy for example, which is traditionally covered up.

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Another person dies as a result of a police chase. It seems to be a regular occurrence these days, but are these chases really necessary in an age of cameras and radios.

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she had taken too many drugs but did not specify what the drugs were.

Perhaps they were illegal drugs, in which case she needs to go away for a very long time

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Terribly sad story all round. Life is hard sometimes.

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So isolate everyone now we discovered that cars and woman can kill, it can be so dangerous to be exposed to

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Hope she gets the death sentence.

-6 ( +10 / -16 )

And this is why Japan needs the death penalty.

Though she will end up with a suspended sentence or two/three years at most.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

He can remember ball the other details up to that point accept murdering somebody.

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