A 15-year-old girl died and her 15-year-old companion was injured after the minibike they were riding crashed into a telephone pole in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture, following a chase by a police car.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 7 a.m. on Sunday, NTV reported. The patrol car spotted the two girls on the minibike go through a red light at an intersection, make a right turn and then go the wrong way along a street.
As the patrol car approached the bike, it sped off. Police said the patrol car had its siren on and after a pursuit of about 600 meters, the bike crashed into the pole. The girl in front was killed while her companion sitting behind her suffered serious head injuries and was taken to hospital, police said.
Police said it is illegal for two people to ride such a bike and that neither girl had a license to ride minibikes. The girl riding in back was not wearing a helmet, either, police said.© Japan Today