TOKYO (TR) – A 31-year-old woman in custody after a high-speed chase ended with her hitting and killing a female pedestrian earlier this week admitted that she “took drugs” beforehand, police said, reports TBS News (May 21).
“I took too many drugs, but since I do not remember anything up until the collision I do not know if that was the reason for the crash,” said Marisa Nakagawa, a bar employee, according to police.
At around 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, police received a report about a “suspicious woman loitering” in the Oi area of Shinagawa Ward.
After officers in a patrol car arriving at the scene attempted to question Nakagawa, she sped off in her white Mercedes-AMG SL 63 down Daini-Keihin highway.
The patrol car lost track of Nakagawa soon after the high-speed chase began. In Ota Ward, about 850 meters from where the pursuit began, Nakagawa lost control and drove up onto a sidewalk where she fatally struck Yu Takahashi, a 34-year-old company employee.
During the crash, the Mercedes traveled about 60 meters along the sidewalk. It eventually struck another vehicle and slammed into a concrete wall near Magome Station.
Nakagawa fled the vehicle and entered a nearby 10-floor apartment building. After riding in an elevator, officers apprehended her.
On Thursday, police accused Nakagawa of involuntary manslaughter and hit-and-run. The previous charge of running a red signal has been dropped, according to Kyodo News (May 21).
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Based on evidence at the scene, there were no signs that Nakagawa used the brakes before the crash, police said.
Security camera footage shot inside the apartment shows a person believed to be Nakagawa waiting outside the elevator and later riding inside.
Nakagawa lives in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. She is active on Instagram under the name “Marisa Rosalia.”