TOKYO (TR) – Prosecutors have announced the non-prosecution of popular actor Kentaro Ito to prosecutors over an alleged hit-and-run accident in Shibuya Ward last year, reports TBS News (March 25).
On October 28, Ito, 23, was behind the wheel of a passenger car that struck a motorcycle carrying a man and a woman, both in their 20s, at an intersection in the Sendagaya area.
The actor then allegedly drove off. The man received light injuries to an arm. However, the woman suffered a broken left leg. Ito was not hurt, police said previously.
“I was upset and went into a panic,” Ito was quoted by police in admitting to the allegations.
On March 25, prosecutors with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office announced the non-prosecution of Ito. No reason for the non-prosecution was given.
According to police, Ito struck the motorcycle, which was traveling in the opposite lane of traffic, while attempting to make a U-turn.
Ito returned to the scene several minutes later after a male witness in his 70s pursued him while honking his horn. He then convinced the actor to go back.