U.S. serviceman’s son held over crash

Kyodo

Six people were injured when a car driven by the son of a U.S. serviceman crashed into another passenger car after running a red light early Saturday, police said.

The 19-year-old son of a U.S. Air Force serviceman stationed in Okinawa Prefecture suffered lacerations to his face, while three American friends riding in the car suffered minor injuries.

The accident took place on National Route No. 58 in the town of Chatan around 2:45 a.m. Saturday, after the vehicle driven by the teen ran a red light and was traveling at high speed, police said.

The two passengers in the other car were identified as Kuniko Teruya, 50, a resident of Urasoe, Okinawa, who suffered a hip fracture, while her companion, Hiroshi Nishida, 64, a company executive from Hiroshima Prefecture, broke a rib.

The boy was apparently not drunk at the time of the accident.

Police are planning to send papers on the case to prosecutors on suspicion of negligence resulting in injuries and violation of the road traffic law.