A 20-year-old man died after he was thrown from a car and was then hit by another vehicle on a highway in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, on Sunday.
According to police, the man, identified as Yuto Shikata, was in the back seat of a car being driven by a 19-year-old friend. NTV reported that the accident occurred at around 2 a.m. when the car hit the guardrail on the side of the highway.
Police said the impact caused the back seat door to open and Shikata was thrown out of the car into the path of the vehicle following them. Police said he sustained severe injuries and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. A 19-year-old in the front passenger seat sustained a light facial injury, police said.
NTV quoted police as saying that Shikata was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Police said the accident occurred when the driver moved into the left lane to pass another car which was traveling in the right lane of the four-lane.© Japan Today