Driver arrested after car hits mother, daughter on bike, killing girl

Posted on June 5, 2013. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , |

 There have been too many of these driver related hit and runs lately in Japan.

JUN. 05, 2013 – TOKYO —

The 72-year-old driver of a car has been arrested after he hit a 35-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter riding a bicycle in Komae, Tokyo. The girl died as a result of injuries, police said.

The incident occurred at around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Fuji TV reported. Witnesses were quoted as saying the car and the bicycle were going in the same direction along a narrow road with no sidewalks. The car veered left, hitting the bike from behind and dragged it for about 100 meters before hitting a wall.

Takako Hattori and her 2-year-old daughter Ayako were knocked off the bike. Police said Ayako suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at hospital. Her mother remained in a critical condition on Wednesday.

The driver, Toshio Takahashi, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, Fuji TV reported. He was quoted by police as saying that he hunched over because he had an acute stomach ache and that’s when he hit the bicycle. He said he then mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake.

Japan Today

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