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Woman killed after her car crashes into truck during police chase

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A 50-year-old woman was killed early Sunday when the car she was driving crashed into a truck while being she was being pursued by a police patrol car in Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture.

According to police, the incident occurred on National Highway 53 at around 2 a.m. Fuji TV reported that the car slammed into the truck which was stopped at a red light, and then burst into flames. The truck driver sustained minor injuries.

Police said that 90 minutes prior to the accident, they had received a call from the woman about a domestic dispute. Police went to her home where her husband told them his wife had stormed out of the house, got into their car and driven away.

The police patrol spotted the woman’s car not far from her residence and when it approached the car, it sped off, going through a red light.

The pursuit went on for about four kilometers before the car crashed into the truck. Police said they had sounded the siren during the chase and were about 50 meters behind the woman when she crashed.

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So, having had a heated dispute with her husband, she gets in the car and drives off. Upon seeing the cops, she decides she doesn’t want to talk to any more men, and in her petulant rage floors the car into a parked truck.

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I bet she was just so upset she never even saw the truck it's unfortunate that she ended that way but I do think that leaving when you're having a heated argument is a good idea so that it doesn't progress into a physical fight

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driving is one of the worst things you can do in a rage. This woman couldn't control her emotions and she almost took another life with her. Could've been worse

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Why did police chase her? Wasn’t she the one that called them? Shouldn’t they question the husband for reason instead chasing after her? This whole thing is a complete mess. Did she flee after doing something?

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Hiro, “Why did police chase her? Wasn’t she the one that called them?”

Yes, she called them, so it was only proper that after spotting her they approached her to talk to her. But she took off and ran a red light. So at that point it became proper for them to chase her.

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Oops, finger slipped and hit “post” too soon.

Meant to write that it was only proper for them to approach her to get her version of the incident.

“Shouldn’t they question the husband for reason instead chasing after her?”

They did question him. That’s how they knew she had gone off in the car. There’s no reason to think they didn’t question him about the reasons for the incident.

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Why the need for a siren? Why chase her..or anyone? For sure by now police have learnt to do things in a more subtle, quiet way. Just wait for her at home. Shell return as soon as she’s cooled down. What does the husband feel now that the police chased his wife to death? Any kids?

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It is sad that there is no safe place for the husband to go when the wife becomes violent.

The first part of your statement may be true, but the latter part is a huge assumption.

Always better to walk it off instead of getting behind the wheel.

RIP

S

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Better her than an innocent bystander.

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If you flee from the police, the police will most likely follow you. It's their nature.

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Maybe she beat the husband up and didn’t want to face assault charges?:-/

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Hero: "Why did police chase her? Wasn’t she the one that called them?"

Yes, and they investigated and talked to the husband. When they went to the woman, probably just to further investigate since they must when called, she committed a number of traffic violations, which led to the pursuit. I feel sorry that what was likely a very small argument at home led to the woman's death, but she brought it completely on herself by driving in a rage and fleeing the police. Fortunately the truck driver was not seriously hurt.

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@Michael G - It’s their job, not their ‘nature’

RIP to the lady, unfortunate it turned out this way.

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talaraedokko:

I think you've got it right. Unless she's wanted for a serious crime, there's no need for the police to to chase her. Chasing her (for nothing, really) just endangers her, anyone else on the roads, and the police themselves. There are plenty of examples of this happening elsewhere in the world. Let her cool down, come on home, sort things out then.

Things escalate - just like the argument - and next thing you know someone's dead.

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Completely police should be blamed, they are at fault.

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She brought that on herself.

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@AustPaul- It is not the job of the police to follow someone if they just flee for no apparent reason. You can move away from anyone who makes you uncomfortable. If the police want to assume you are moving away from them because you may be hiding something, that's their problem, not yours. That's probably why "nature" was chosen instead of "job". It's their job to follow someone to arrest them. If you are standing on the sidewalk and the police approach you, you can walk away. If they follow you, that's harassment. You don't have to talk to them. If they ask for your ID, show them in silence. In Japan you have to show your ID. You do not have to say a word or stay with them unless they are arresting you. 'Arrest" means "to stop", in case you've forgotten. Now if the woman, in the article, broke the law while fleeing, then the police can pursue her as it is their job.

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“Let her cool down”

She is the one who summoned the police but then took off running a red light. I for one, would rather not have her doing her cooling down in a car on the public roads.

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The police knew there had been a domestic, and that that was all this was. Not a murder. Not an assault. Not a robbery. They knew no-one had been hurt. They knew it was the woman herself who had called them. They would presumably know that your average citizen can lose their temper during an argument and storm off for a while. They would presumably know that the person who's gone off in a huff will sooner rather than later calm down and go home. There was no urgency in this matter. They weren't seeking to arrest her. They should have left her alone and not engaged in a high-speed car chase which endangered other people. Many other police forces around the world are aware of these factors and will not engage in high speed car chases unless they are chasing someone suspected of committing a serious offence.

That's it in a nutshell.

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It is not the job of the police to follow someone if they just flee for no apparent reason.

No. That is exactly their job. One of them, anyway.

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