• Kyodo


Police on Wednesday arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of reckless driving resulting in death, marking the first arrest under the revised Criminal Code that came into force on Dec. 25, just one day before the accident took place.

On the morning of Dec. 26, Shingo Kotaka, from Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, allegedly ran a red light at an intersection in the city while traveling well above the 40 kph speed limit. His minivehicle struck a station wagon, killing Masami Doi, 26, a passenger in the station wagon, from Suzuka, according to investigators.

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