Signatures over Fatal Runaway Car Crash Submitted to Prosecutors


Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)--The bereaved family of the victims of a high-profile fatal accident caused by a runaway car submitted Friday a petition seeking the indictment of the 88-year-old driver of the vehicle and signatures from some 390,000 people to the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office.

The accident occurred as the car driven by Kozo Iizuka went out of control while traveling in the busy Ikebukuro district in Tokyo on April 19. The victims were Mana Matsunaga, 31, and her three-year-old daughter, Riko.

Iizuka had served as head of the former Agency of Industrial Science and Technology under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

At a press conference on Friday, the 33-year-old husband of Mana voiced gratitude for the large number of signatures. "I want to do all I can so that the thoughts of people who gave their signatures won't go to waste," he said.

He asked police to accelerate investigations into the accident, saying, "It would be helpful for me mentally if some outlook for the completion of the probe is shown." Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department is continuing its investigation, questioning Iizuka on a voluntary basis.

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