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19-year-old student hit, killed by drunk driver

Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 45-year-old company employee on suspicion of reckless driving resulting in death after he hit and killed a 19-year-old male university student.
Police said the suspect, Ken Okazaki, has admitted to being drunk at the time of the incident which occurred at around 5:40 a.m. Saturday on a national route in Kawasaki Ward, Fuji TV reported. Police said Okazaki hit the student from behind on a section of the road where there is no sidewalk.
Okazaki stopped his car while a passerby called 119. The student was taken to hospital with severe head injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police gave a Okazaki a breathalyzer test which showed him to be over the legal limit. He was quoted by police as saying he had been drinking at home the night before and was on his way to work when the accident occurred.


© Japan Today
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