TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 78-year-old male taxi driver over a hit-and-run accident in Toshima Ward that left an elderly woman seriously injured, reports TBS News (Mar. 7).
At just past midnight on March 2, a cab driven by Yukio Itabashi, an independent driver, struck the woman, 89, as she attempted to cross Shirayama-dori in the Sugamo area.
According to police, the woman was transported to a hospital in an unconscious state with serious head injuries. She has yet to regain consciousness.
The location where the woman attempted to cross the street was not a pedestrian crossing. After the accident, Itabashi fled the scene. However, he was later apprehended after an examination of security camera footage.
“I saw a person crossing from the left side, but I thought it was a near miss,” the suspect was quoted by police in denying the allegations.