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Visually-impaired woman in coma, guide dog killed after being hit by car

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A 44-year-old visually-impaired woman is in a coma after she and her guide dog were hit by a car in Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture, police said Tuesday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 11:20 p.m. on Sunday. NTV reported that the woman, Sachiko Ikeda, and her dog were crossing a one-way street along National Route 117 when they were hit by a car. The dog was killed at the scene.

Ikeda was taken to hospital and remains in a coma, police said, adding they are questioning the 34-year-old driver of the car over the accident.

NTV reported that Ikeda's family said she had gone to the convenience store but had gotten lost and then called them for help.

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Sad, sad...poor dog, & my love goes to the lady! Why do we able bodies do that? Hope she recovers soon! One love!

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This does not necessarily have to be the fault of the driver. There needs to be a full investigation as to what happened. Jaywalking a possibility but then she could not see, right? Sad no matter what the outcome.

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