A 23-year-old woman is in a coma after she was hit by a minivan that was being pursued by a police car in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, police said Thursday, adding the 18-year-old driver of the minivan was arrested later in the day.
According to police, the woman was hit by the minivan as she was walking on a crossing adjacent to the parking lot of a convenience store at around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Fuji TV reported that the minivan hit the woman and then crashed into a wire fence in the parking lot. The driver fled on foot after the incident.
Police said the chase started after a patrol car spotted the minivan driving without its lights on. When the officers ordered the driver to pull over, the minivan sped off and hit the woman about 700 meters away.
The woman was taken to hospital with severe head injuries and remained unconscious on Thursday, police said.
The driver, who cannot be named because he is a minor, turned himself in at a police koban in Funabashi. Police said he did not have a driver's license. He was quoted as saying he panicked after hitting the woman.© Japan Today