90-year-old driver fatally hits 90-year-old man in pachinko parlor parking lot


A 90-year-old man who was driving his car out of the parking lot of a pachinko parlor in Chuo City, Yamanashi Prefecture, hit and killed a 90-year-old man, police said Tuesday.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 11 a.m. on Monday. Seiichi Fukasawa from Minami Alps City, was exiting the parking lot when he struck Kinpei Tonooka who was walking into the parking lot, Sankei Shimbun reported. Tonooka was taken to hospital where he died after fracturing his pelvis in the accident.

After hitting Tonooka, Fukasawa’s car collided into a concrete block wall across from the parking area. Fukasawa was not injured, police said.

Following the declaration of a nationwide state of emergency in April, pachinko parlors in Yamanashi Prefecture were temporarily closed to contain the coronavirus outbreak. However, they resumed operations on May 12 after meeting industry guidelines for dealing with social distancing measures.

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Just another reason why these places should be permanently shuttered.

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Terrible. Don't see that headline everyday. I can say 1 thing with confidence, 90 year old man should not be driving.

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It's not necessarily an isolated case as the society is going grey. First witnesses and pachinko crew might also have been 90 years old....

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Soon this will be the new normal.

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nothing like spending your golden years playing pachinko

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Saddest thing of all, they likely at least knew of each other. So now the living has the guilt of killing their neighbor.

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RIP to the victim. Both of them though, still playing pachinko twenty-five years past retirement age. I'll be happy just to afford Spotify Premium.

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90 years old and still driving. Way too old.

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Why is a 90 year old still driving?

What kind of testing regime is there for older folk.

Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.

90 +, pachinko, alcohol? = Sad but true.

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