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Man fatally hit by car after getting out of taxi on Tokyo street

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A 36-year-old man who got out of a taxi on a Tokyo street on Friday night, died after he was hit by an oncoming vehicle.

The incident occurred at around 9:35 p.m. along National Route 246 in Akasaka, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police identified the taxi passenger as Kei Nakaoka, a company employee from Osaka.

According to the taxi driver, Nakaoka was drunk when he got into the taxi. When the taxi stopped at a red light, the driver said Nakaoka told him he felt sick and was about to vomit.

Nakaoka asked for the door to be opened and got out of the taxi on the left side. He was immediately hit by a vehicle in the next lane.

Nakaoka was taken to hospital where he died early Saturday.

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Feel sorry for the deceased guy, but I am heartened that there is no mention of the police arresting the driver.

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Yeah, I thought sure they would say the taxi driver got arrested. It looks like neither driver got arrested, as it should be until the investigation is complete.

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Um, how could he have been hit by an oncoming vehicle if he got out of the left side of the taxi?

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Um, how could he have been hit by an oncoming vehicle if he got out of the left side of the taxi?

Because: He was immediately hit by a vehicle in the next lane.

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How is this news of a person dying because of its own fault ?

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tora

That wouldn't be an oncoming vehicle. That would be a vehicle coming from behind.

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Driver arrested?!?!? On what charge exactly would you arrest him for???? If you open a door of a car in a middle of the road and instantly get run over, who is to blame? Except your stupid self!!!

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too bad accident.

Why did the taxi driver open the door on the road side without checking the traffic , especially knowing that the passenger is under the influence of alcohol? If the traffic light is red, wouldn’t the vehicle on the next lane be slowing down to stop and shouldn’t the impact be very low? Too many questions are unanswered.

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That wouldn't be an oncoming vehicle. That would be a vehicle coming from behind.

True dat. Apoars something got lost in translation here. Mod?

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John, he didn't open the door. Remote opening system from driver's seat. He asked the driver to open it for him. The article contains enough suggestions that the driver may have been at least partly to blame.

Just a really sad incident all round.

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Oh dear, another pointless death caused by over consumption of alcohol. Everything in moderation guys

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Careless by the driver. He had a difficult passenger but she should have been aware of the danger. I think they get training about safety.

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When the taxi stopped at a red light, Nakaoka asked for the door to be opened and got out of the taxi on the left side. He was immediately hit by a vehicle in the next lane.

Something doesn't add up. If the taxi driver was stopped at a light, how fast was the other driver going even though there was a red light? The taxi driver won't be in too much trouble, though he could've looked properlybecause it was a health emergency. The other driver would be in trouble.

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