Mother cycling with 2 daughters run over at crossing; both children die

Posted on December 21, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

Crime Dec. 20, 2011
GUNMA —
A mother riding a bicycle with her two young daughters was run over by a car at a crossing in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, on Monday afternoon.

Police said Tuesday that the woman has yet to regain consciousness, and that her two daughters died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident. Ayumi, 2, died shortly after the accident, while Junko, 4, died early Tuesday, TV Asahi reported. Neither child was wearing a helmet, reports say.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 5 p.m. on Japan National Route 354. The woman, identified as Clare Sakurai, 34, a Filipino, was riding across a zebra crossing with her two daughters when they were hit by a car, which then proceeded to collide with an oncoming truck and was knocked onto its side, TV Asahi reported.

The 65-year-old driver of the car, who has been arrested, reportedly told police that he tried to swerve right to avoid the cyclist but didn’t make it in time.

Police are investigating to see whether the traffic light was green or red at the time of the incident.

Local residents say that since the March 11 disaster, fewer streetlights have been turned on, making visibility poor in the area at that time of the day.

Japan Today

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