Two 17-year-old boys killed after motorbike crashes into brick wall


Two 17-year-old boys were killed when the motorbike they were on crashed into a telephone pole and a brick wall in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, police said Saturday.

The accident occurred at around 11:30 p.m., Fuji TV reported. Police said the street is narrow and that visibility was good at the time of the crash.

The two boys, who were high school students, were taken to hospital with severe head injuries. They died shortly after arrival.

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The result of failed parenting.

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Helmets ?

Apparently no.


8 ( +10 / -2 )

My experience with teenage motorcyclists are if they were wearing helmets, they would’ve been on the back of their necks (not on top of their heads)

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Just one of those things that teenage kids can do, too much energy and not enough wisdom. Not their faults, almost certainly not their parents' faults either. When I think back on some of some of the stupid things I did in my teens, I'm lucky I'm sitting here tapping away on this keyboard.

I feel very sorry for their families, and for the young lives wasted. It's a tragedy.

27 ( +28 / -1 )

Starting my day with this story is a reminder of how much suffering is stored up for us existing in this harsh world equipped only with our primate intelligence.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

How tragic. Like bigyen said we've all done dumb things when we had the invincibility of youth.

Commiserations to their family

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In my experience the helmets are on their heads.

But the straps are flapping in the breeze.

Heck, plenty of adults doing the same thing.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Anything moved with less than three wheels isn’t a stable physical structure. Choose your ground vehicle out of trike up to tank.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

The result of failed parenting.

Please share with us how perfect your parenting skills are.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

My initial post was simply question; not intended to be victim blaming, by the way.

Understood, and not taken by me to be such.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Tragic. RIP.

No parents deseve this heartache

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I assume the telephone poles are on the street, as they are in my neighborhood, as opposed to on a boulevard or sidewalk, ? I would crash into them too if I didn't swerve around them. Can't Japan do better than this on the infrastructure front?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I zipped around London, when at college, on my prized Honda 750 K4, until I ended up in St Bartholomew's Hospital, my crash helmet saved my life. However both my hips were shattered.

Below the waist after numerus operations, its not a pretty sight, however I can walk, if a tad resembling an extra on Thunderbirds.

17 years old.

Condolences to the grief stricken families.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Yes indeed, JeffLee, my local neighborhood Kochi, Ino, there is wide open roadways, only to lead into narrow confined spaces with energy and communications infrastructure littered incoherently.

These narrow spaces are shared with all forms of transport including pedestrians going about their business.

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P. Smith

We’re they wearing helmets?

The article does not say, but helmets do not do miracles. Especially these half-helmets worn with a lose strap around the neck as seems to be fashionable by a lot of the young "yankees" I see around here.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Agreed WilliB, helmets are no silver bullet depending on the head they are attached too.

However if I may recommend Shoei Neotec 2...

I still ride but without the carefree abandon.

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There, but for the grace of almost phenomenal luck, go I... Requiescat in pace, my young lads. As you have seen, there is nothing EASY about being a young male Human and, sad to say, it doesn't get any easier as the seques of Life unfold, just different walls and poles... but that 'immortality' of youth is the most intoxicating drug of all. I miss it greatly, albeit feeling the deep sadness for their loved ones of parental terror made real mitigates the loss. We will never know what potential greatness may have ended here stillborn.

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The result of failed parenting.

as is this comment. Kids do stupid things, it's part of being a kid.

RIP boys.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

They were both wearing full-face helmets.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

they were traveling at quite some speed.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Power pole is at the corner of the brick wall. They hit the pole with such force it shattered the concrete on the pole. The impact point is on the outside of a slight bend it in road., they were clearly travelling at tremendous speed and could not take the bend.. The bitter irony is the cinderblock wall surrounds a cemetery.

RIP boys, such wasted life.

Eerily reminds me of advice my father gave me about driving fast and recklessly - "There is no prize for being the fastest man in the cemetery"

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The question is just how fast they were going over the speed limit to be smashed into a wall. If these yankee wanna-be kids had worn a helmet, chances are.......

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

. If these kids had worn a helmet, chances are.......

they were wearing helmets, try following the links provided to stay informed.

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 If these yankee wanna-be kids had worn a helmet, chances are.......

What's with the "yankee wanna-be" stuff? Judging from what they hit and the damage done, probably the only parts of their bodies not badly injured where their heads inside their full face helmets. That kind of impact isn't survivable, helmet or no helmet. RIP and such sadness for their families.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

What a waste of 2 young lives. I have in-laws living in that region and unfortunately you do see/hear many youngsters tearing around on noisy scooters, sometimes illegally riding pillion as I guess these youngsters were.

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