Four more kids hit, in Aichi, Chiba


A boy was killed and three others were injured Friday in two car accidents involving schoolchildren, in Aichi and Chiba prefectures, just four days after a teen driver ran over pupils in Kyoto.

The new accidents resulted in the arrests of two male drivers in their 20s on suspicion of negligent driving from allegedly failing to exercise due care.

In Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, a minivehicle driven by part-time worker Hiroyuki Okawara rammed into a group of four schoolchildren and two adults who were waiting at a bus stop at around 7:35 a.m. Friday.

One of the children, identified as first-grader Kosei Yamada, 6, was declared dead at a hospital. His mother suffered slight injuries, the police said.

The driver told investigators that he wasn’t watching the road.

Earlier the same day in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, a minivan slammed into four kids at around 7:15 a.m. as they were on their way to their elementary school, seriously injuring a 10-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, police said. The other two children were unharmed.

Arrested was Daichi Tomita, 24, a construction company employee.