Two people were killed and another injured when a 74-year-old man drove his car into a restaurant in Osaka's Minato Ward on Monday. According to police, Masayuki Tsuda drove his car out of his garage at about 1.40 p.m. Monday, turned left and plowed straight into the Chisoya Iyo restaurant on the corner about 10 meters from his house.
A 60-year-old man inside the restaurant was killed by the impact, and another man was injured. Police said Tsuda then reversed his car out of the restaurant, hitting a 71-year-old woman on her bicycle, who later died in hospital. After hitting the woman, Tsuda then drove his car forward and hit a van parked outside the restaurant, where his car remained.
Tsuda told police he panicked and mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake. Police arrested Tsuda at the scene but have since upgraded the charge to vehicular manslaughter.
Police said Tsuda’s right leg was paralyzed and his car was modified so that he could apply the accelerator and the brake with his left leg only, and that the accelerator was to the left of the brake. They also said Tsuda was on his way to renew his special parking permit for the disabled when the accident occurred.© News reports