Truck driver arrested over hit-and-run death of 81-year-old man


Police in Fujimino, Saitama Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 49-year-old truck driver on suspicion of reckless driving resulting in death after he hit and killed an 81-year-old man riding a bicycle.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 2:50 p.m. Friday on a highway, Fuji TV reported. Police said the truck driver, Hirotsugu Yamanaka, hit Eihiko Yamamoto, as he was passing him, knocking him off his bicycle, and then kept going. Yamamoto was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead from head injuries.

Yamanaka’s truck was identified from street surveillance camera footage and witnesses. Police said he has denied the charged and quoted him as saying he doesn’t remember hitting a man on a bicycle riding beside his truck.

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There but for the grace of God go I.

This is starting to get scary. I drove about ten miles today and the number of close shaves with careless people was astonishing. Many were old folks either at the wheel of a car, or riding a wobbly motor cycle, or just crossing the road, oblivious of approaching cars. It's Russian Roulette out there! Stay safe folks over the festive season.

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PS I am old folks myself, so doubly scary... and the poor truck driver has probably just lost his means of livelihood.

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what is a 81 yr year old doing riding on the road? They are typically wobbly and have very bad reactions. The truck driver could have passed and the old fellow wobbled and fell into the rear wheels. Truck driver rightly would not feel anything. RIP but wow.

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It's usually 81 y.o. drivers who are killing high school students in traffic accidents. Maybe more of the elderly should ride bicycles.

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quoted him as saying he doesn’t remember hitting a man on a bicycle riding beside his truck

Of course he doesn’t remember. He was too busy playing with his phone! I went shopping this evening and three drivers out of were either texting or talking on their phones. Howebsr, if you ask a Japanese person they will always say, “Japanese are good drivers!” - They are reckless, rude and cannot drive a car in reverse.

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