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5-year-old boy dies after being hit by car in Toyama Pref

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A five-year-old boy died after being hit by a car as he walked home from preschool in Imizu, Toyama Prefecture, on Friday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 6 p.m., Fuji TV reported. The boy, identified as Yamato Kubo, was walking by himself along a narrow road with no sidewalk when he was hit from the front by the car driven by an 18-year-old girl.

The boy was taken to hospital where he died about 90 minutes later.

Police said the girl who was driving her parents' car had just received her driver’s license earlier this month.

The accident occurred about 40 meters from the boy’s home.

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This is too sad. Two lives ruined and two families lives ruined. Too sad.

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A lot of lives were ruined that day...

I don't want to place any blame, but why was a 5-year old walking home from preschool by himself (not enough info in the article, though)!?

I am a father of 2 boys (4 and 5 years old), living in Fukui (next to Toyama - same countryside) and the preschool is within a 3-minute walking distance. I walk them to-and-from school everyday...

Everyday I see so many oblivious parents, chatting with their mommy-friends, glued to their smartphones, not using seat belts, etc. It makes me so, so sad...

Let's not crucify the girl... Her life is also over.

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I don't want to place any blame, but why was a 5-year old walking home from preschool by himself (not enough info in the article, though)!?

There is no way to tell from the article whether he was alone or with someone. Doubtful he was alone though.

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Poor wee lad.

Poor lass.

Crappy situation to not have somewhere safe for people to walk.

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What a terrible story. 5 y.o. at this time of year means the boy was almost certainly nenchu, i.e., he'd just finished the second year of hoikuen. That's still a full year younger than kids starting school, who will still be accompanied by older ones when walking to school, at least at first.

You can see the road on this NHK report. There is not enough information but it looks like police have marked the actual road, not the pedestrian edge of it.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/toyama/3063312911.html

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Where was someone older to walk him home? Too young to be walking alone.

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Where was someone older to walk him home? Too young to be walking alone.

Where does it stay he was walking alone?

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Where does it stay he was walking alone?

From the article, "was walking by himself along a narrow road".

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It’s been updated. It didn’t say that initially.

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It’s been updated. It didn’t say that initially.

I hate when that happens.

JT, how about adding an "updated" mark with a time stamp when you do this?

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Walking home from preschool at 6pm? Isn't that a little late for preschool to let out? R.I.P. little one....

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The Japanese story said the parent went to pick him up but he said he wanted to walk home ("hitori de kaeru") and the parent let him. They must be distraught.

fwiw, I ran out into the road and was run over in front of my mother when I was six. I am lucky to be alive, though I usually forget it. Anyway, having a parent around doesn't mean accidents can't happen, there are just less likely.

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The Japanese story said the parent went to pick him up but he said he wanted to walk home ("hitori de kaeru") and the parent let him. They must be distraught.

That's so sad. But also irresponsible - if the road home was such that it didn't have sidewalks, and the kid was five years old, there is no way they should have let him walk by himself.

But I'm sure that lesson has been well learned by them now. Poor parents, I can't think of much worse than losing a child.

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