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Tokyo cops: 82-year-old driver hits, kills cyclist

An 83-year-old driver hit and killed a cyclist in Tokyo (Nippon News Network)

TOKYO (TR) – An 82-year-old driver allegedly struck a cyclist who later died, police said on Sunday, in the latest of multiple traffic incidents involving elderly drivers.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said the male driver was attempting a left turn at an intersection in Koganei City when he struck 61-year-old cyclist Yuko Matsuda, who suffered a strong blow to her head when she was thrown off, Nippon News Network reports (November 13).

Matsuda died after she was rushed to a hospital, police said, adding the driver likely wasn’t paying enough attention to the road.

The case comes after multiple traffic incidents involving elderly drivers have been reported nationwide.

A female 83-year-old driver killed two pedestrians on Saturday at a hospital in Tokyo, where police said she could have mistook the accelerator for the brake.

On Friday, a male driver in his 80s in Tokyo smashed into a convenience store and asked for cigarettes. Police said he was likely suffering from dementia.

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