Coming-of-Age Day event ends in tragedy for mother


Tragedy struck a mother and daughter driving home from the young woman's Coming-of-Age Day ceremony on Sunday afternoon when their car went off the road and plunged into the sea in Tsushima, Nagasaki Prefecture.

Although Monday was Coming-of-Age Day in Japan, in many areas, events were held on Sunday.

NTV quoted police as saying that the mother, identified as Miaki Matsushima, 51, was driving her 20-year-old daughter home at around 4 p.m. when the car failed to take a curve and plunged into the sea. The daughter was able to get out of the car and swim to the surface for help.

Rescue personnel took Matsushima to hospital where she was pronounced dead about four hours later.

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Tragedy. But amazing the daughter could get out alive.

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Tragic. Call your moms today.

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From the headline I assumed the daughter had died, leaving the mother behind. Horrible in any event.

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So sad!! Poor mother!! Not sure but my guess is she hit black ice?? The black ice caught them by surprise and they slipped off the road and into the sea?? How tragic!! I really hate black ice!!! RIP mother

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@taj thats what i thought too

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Very sad on such an important day for mother and daughter

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@ Elbudo Mexicano,

No where did the article mention black ice it just said "the car failed to take a curve" where did you get black ice from!! Why think of the worse when you could have simply thought something more simple like HUMAN ERROR. You know what happens when a person ASSumes.

Yes this was a happy event that ended sad.

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Whats black ice?

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Not cold enough in nagasaki for black ice. I was at the ceremony taking pictures. Was so fun and happy. Horrible ending for what should be a happy day.

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