A 5-year-old girl fell out of her mother's car as it was leaving the driveway of their home in Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, on Wednesday, and died after she was run over by the back tire of the car, police said.
According to police, the accident happened at about 7:50 a.m. The child's mother, Hitomi Yamasaki, 35, was leaving home to take her eldest daughter Sawa, 5, her eldest son, 9, and her second daughter, 1, to school and kindergarten when Sawa fell out of the car. Her torso was run over by the back tire and she was killed. The other children were unharmed. The 1-year-old girl was in a child seat, but Sawa was not, police said.
Police said they are still investigating the cause of the accident, but early speculation is that the rear passenger door may not have been properly closed before the accident occurred.© Compiled from news reports