77-year-old woman killed in head-on collision after her car crosses center line


A 77-year-old woman was killed Sunday afternoon after the car she was driving crossed the center line and hit an oncoming car in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture.

Police identified the dead woman as Fusako Osawa. She suffered severe head injuries and was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Three people in the second car, a couple in their 40s and their 13-year-old son, sustained minor injuries in the collision, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 5:10 p.m. on National Route 16. Witnesses said Osawa’s car veered across the center line into the path of an oncoming car.

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I hate self driving cars, but our new car has senors that beep if you cross the lines or objects. I love this technology and it should be mandatory.

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She was killed. But, the occupants of the other car in this head-on collision only had minor injuries.

Let me guess. She was driving a kei, and they were in a standard vehicle?

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Or she wasn't wearing a seat belt, or due to her advanced age, her body could not withstand the heavier gforces of a crash.

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Don't tell me the 77 year old woman was driving a Kei car while the family that received minor injuries were driving a regular car.

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Could have been a lot worse. Thankfully the occupants of the other car were only injured. When is Japan going to crack down on elderly drivers before they cause more accidents?

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When is Japan going to crack down on elderly drivers before they cause more accidents?

Simple answer, when there are no more elderly drivers. Meaning never!

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Driver's license renewals should not be automatic on individuals over 60.  Renewals should be contingent on passing visual, hearing and mental acumen tests.  This would help alleviate a great number of this accidents.  IMHO.


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... these accidents.
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exactly. These elderly drivers are fatal accidents waiting to happen.

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