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Tokyo: Taxi driver, 78, nabbed over hit-and-run accident

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.

Yukio Itabashi
Yukio Itabashi (Twitter)

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.