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Truck driver arrested over fatal hit-and-run in Saitama

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Police have arrested a 25-year-old truck driver in connection with the hit-and-run death of a 52-year-old man in Saitama City on Tuesday night.

According to police, the 4-ton truck, driven by Tetsuya Hasebe, hit Yoshiaki Oshima, who was riding a bicycle, at about 9:30 p.m., Fuji TV reported. Hasebe fled the scene.

The next day, Hasebe told his boss he had been in an accident but did not disclose details, Fuji reported. His boss then apparently happened on the scene of the accident by chance and alerted police that Hasebe may have been responsible.

A police investigation revealed that pieces of the truck at the scene matched damage to Hasebe’s vehicle.

Police said Friday that Hasebe confessed to the crime, and quoted him as saying that he fled out of fear, Fuji reported.

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"Hasebe confessed to the crime", yeah, only because he was caught. "he fled out of fear" at least an honest answer.

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A 4 ton truck is not easy to stop on a dime. Did the bike rider cross in front of him or what..

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Trucker manners are horrendous in this country. Those of you that live near a highway can attest to the tailing, littering, and selfishness. Police need to get tough on traffic safety. These young guys are speed addicts, and I'm not talking about velocity.

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Ah yes, another idiot there in Saitama, so many stupid horrible drivers there in Saitama, not enough police!!! Not enough MORALS nor common sense! RIP poor guy riding his bike and getting mowed down by this stupid young truck driver.

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come on Elbuda, things aren't that bad. JForce is right about the attitude of some truckers, but then nothing can really compare with the recklessness of some of the cyclists I have seen out and about in Japan. Until more info comes out it's hard to lay blame, and in these situations the J cops tend to just arrest the driver of the larger vehicle, and ask questions later. Laws for cyclists wouldn't hurt. Helmets too.

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In 2008, there were 14,157 hit and runs . (191 deaths, 1024 seriously injured, 12,942 minor injuries) Over 90% are apprehended.

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extremely narrow, un-lit roads, cyclists without lights or woefully insufficient lights, dark clothing and no helmets and a cavalier attitude to safety. Aggressive truck drivers and inattentive car drivers using cell phones makes for a recipe for disaster. I am surprised there are not more accidents. Afterthequake is right. I find it hard to believe that Yoshiaki Oshima took all measures to mitigate his chances of coming to grief. The hit and run is the problem and the crux of this story, he should have stopped, though with the system that exists,I can see how people would hit and run. The driver knew he was screwed no matter what.

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CrazyJoe, very nice. Do you have a source? Real numbers start real dialogues.

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Hasebe confessed to the crime, and quoted him as saying that he fled out of fear,

No! He fled cos he is a gutless wimp!

CrazyJoe - I wonder what percentage of vehicle and pedestrian accidents are hit-and-run.

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There are so many hit and run accidents, as well as serious problems and accidents caused by reckless, disregarding bicyclist pedaling blindfolded in these days, that police disclosing details of these kind accidents (e.g. computer simulation) regularly, would be useful. Showing them on TV might even be educational, helping to prevent similar cases.

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coward!

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I often think this will no longer be changed, it's a culture here.

I personally have an experience, 3 yrs ago or so in Saitama, there was a guy on a bike hit my daughter (she was 9 at that time) from her back when we were crossing a street. The traffic light was green and we were walking straight. The middled-aged guy with suits on ran away without looking back.

This tragedy reported here is only a part of it. They wouldn't be honest about many things. There are so many reckless people on a car, bike, as well as on foot.

The problem is each of them think they should be the first priority and they don't wait or let others go. And they seem to be rejecting any communication with others. Without this mind set being removed, this type of sad incident will be repeated many times.

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@Afterthequake, well it is a toss up, the stupid truck drivers using their cb radios, talking or texting on their cellphones or the some times young idiots doing the same but on their bicycles playing their music on their headphones without a care in the world until they jump in front of one of these huge trucks and, then you get a so called hit and run incident. So yes, I also do hate to have stupid idiots on their bikes zip in and out of traffic but this is just the tip of the iceberg, these fools on their crappy little 50cc scooters too are a bunch of lunatics, suicidal as far as I am concerned!! Only idiots would drive these scooters, with out lights, dark clothes and in the rain, never can understand these fools.

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Had the truck driver stopped, the one who was in the wrong would have been a toss-up. Since he ran it becomes moot. The truck driver was in the wrong.

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I've had a few close calls driving my car with grandpas on their bicycles. The majority of the time they don't look left or right and just swerve right into the middle of the street. luckily i drive slow enough where i can slam on my horn and get them to realize they could have just died.

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With all that money spent on getting a drivers license and the education they have to go through to pass the test for that license, I wonder if the hit and run thing is covered well while they sit for those lessons. Then again, bicycles run red lights all the time here. Police are now sitting in their kobans warming their behinds while all this seems to be going on. I guess they may be leaving the crimes up the the "bohan" cameras instead of preventing the crimes before they happen.

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Truck drivers, bicycle riders, pedestrians all breaking the traffic laws. What a wonderful place to drive a car. Then throw in mothers with two kids on an unballanced bicycle to top it off. It was interesting that the guy"s boss sort of turned him in to the cops. I guess he might have been more concerned about his company getting sued. With all that money spent on getting a drivers license and the education they have to go through to pass the test for that license, I wonder if the hit and run thing is covered well while they sit for those lessons. Then again, bicycles run red lights all the time here. Police are now sitting in their kobans warming their behinds while all this seems to be going on. I guess they may be leaving the crimes up the the "bohan" cameras instead of preventing the crimes before they happen.

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Shades of "Minority Report" here or are the cops [psychic that they know when and where a crime will be committed?

instead of preventing the crimes before they happen.

We really need to import some of those overseas cops. ;)

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Better to import some overseas common sense, like not drinking and driving, or taking drugs, I saw on a Japanese tv show that many of these drivers take shochu to SLEEP at those rest stops and then PILLS to wake up and keep on driving! So this kind of horrible accident is just waiting to happen, Japan needs to change some laws ASAP!

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