Papers on Fatal Runaway Car Crash Sent to Prosecutors


Tokyo, Nov. 12 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo police on Tuesday sent to public prosecutors papers on a former senior bureaucrat, 88, who caused a high-profile fatal runaway car crash in the Japanese capital in April.

Kozo Iizuka, who was 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, is suspected of negligent driving that resulted in deaths and injuries.

The Metropolitan Police Department did not disclose whether Iizuka had admitted the charges. The MPD called on the prosecutors to indict Iizuka, saying that he deserved a severe punishment.

According to the Tokyo police, Iizuka is suspected of continuing to press the gas pedal mistakenly instead of the brake pedal when he was driving a car in the busy Ikebukuro district in Tokyo around 12:25 p.m. on April 19 (3:25 a.m. GMT).

Out of control, the car reached a speed of nearly 100 kilometers per hour. After passing a red traffic light, it plowed through a crossing to fatally hit Mana Matsunaga, 31, and her three-year-old daughter, Riko, who were on a bicycle, according to the police. The recklessly driven car injured nine other people.

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