A 21-year-old female university student died after she was hit by a car being chased by a police car in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward, police said Sunday.
According to police, the incident occurred on Saturday morning just before 9 a.m. The car being chased by police went through a red light and hit the woman who was on a pedestrian crossing, TBS reported.
Police identified the victim as Yumi Ishii, a resident of Ichihara City in Chiba Prefecture.
Speaking at a news conference late Saturday, a police spokesman said the chase started after police officers saw a car turn the wrong way into a street. When the patrol car approached the car in question, it took off and hit Ishii about 450 meters away, TBS reported.
Ishii was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said.
Police were quoted as saying the driver of the car, Masaya Ishihara, 22, was driving under the influence of alcohol when he was arrested.© Japan Today