A 35-year-old Taiwanese tourist has been arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run after his go-kart hit a cyclist at an intersection in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on Feb 23. The suspect, identified as Zhang Ren Jie, kept going, police said.
According to police, Zhang, dressed as a Nintendo game character, was turning left at the intersection in Sotokanda at around 6:30 p.m. last Friday when he hit the bicycle, Fuji TV reported.
Police said Zhang has admitted to the charge.
The 18-year-old man riding the bike received injuries that will take about two weeks to heal, police said.
Convoys of go-karts with drivers dressed as Super Mario characters have become a head-turning sight among Tokyo's traffic, but the rental companies behind the vehicles, with a customer base comprised mostly of foreign tourists, face growing scrutiny over safety concerns.
Rental operators let customers drive often-crowded public roads in the low-slung vehicles. Despite the legality of the operations, the Japanese government has raised concerns over the lack of safety measures being taken by five Tokyo-based operators following a spike in the number of go-kart accidents in recent months.© Japan Today/Kyodo