Man Sentenced to 18 Years over Fatal Road Rage Incident


Yokohama, Dec. 14 (Jiji Press)--Yokohama District Court on Friday sentenced a 26-year-old jobless man to 18 years in prison over a high-profile fatal road rage incident in Kanagawa Prefecture in June 2017.

Kazuho Ishibashi was ruled guilty of dangerous driving causing death or injury under the driving punishment law in a lay judge trial. Public prosecutors requested a 23-year term.

The incident left self-employed Yoshihisa Hagiyama, then 45, from the central city of Shizuoka and his wife, Yuka, then 39, dead and their two daughters injured.

Ishibashi started driving in a threatening way toward the family's car as he was angered by the husband's complaint about his parking in a rest area by Tomei Expressway on the night of June 5 last year, according to the ruling.

After overtaking the family's car, Ishibashi repeatedly drove in a way that blocked the route of the family vehicle. The family's car eventually stopped in the middle of the fast lane and was then rammed in the rear by a truck.

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