A 61-year-old truck driver has been arrested after he hit a group of elementary school children in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, killing one 9-year-old girl and injuring two other children, aged 8 and 9.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on a narrow street with no sidewalks. Fuji TV reported that the children were walking along the right side of the street when they were hit from the front by the small truck which then hit a power pole before stopping. The 9-year-old girl, Aina Endo, was pinned against the pole, police said.
The three children were taken to hospital. Endo fell into a coma and died Thursday afternoon, police said. Her two classmates are in a stable condition.
The truck driver, Hajime Matsumura, sustained neck and chest injuries. He was quoted by police as saying that one of the girls jumped out onto the road unexpectedly and that the accident was unavoidable, Fuji TV reported.
However, according to emergency medical personnel who arrived at the scene and went to assist the him, the driver said he had made a mistake with the gears.© Japan Today