A 21-year-old woman remained in a coma Monday after she was hit by a piece of a sign that fell from a building above and came crashing down upon her in Sapporo on Sunday.
According to police, Narumi Sugawara was walking along a sidewalk just before 2 p.m. when the incident occurred. TV Asahi reported that the sign, which had been attached to the Kani Honke restaurant, knocked the woman unconscious, fracturing her skull.
Police said that on Sunday morning, other portions of the sign had broken off, but no safety precautions were taken to ensure the safety of pedestrians. Sapporo experience strong winds on Sunday.
The four metal bolts that had been holding the sign had become corroded, officials said.
Sugawara had been on her way to a job interview scheduled when the accident occurred.© Japan Today