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The Kyoto District Court has ordered the relatives and employer of a driver who struck and killed seven pedestrians in Kyoto in 2012 to pay about ¥52 million in damages to the family of one of the victims.

The court acknowledged negligence on the part of the driver, Shingo Fujisaki, 30, who had epilepsy and died in the accident, and awarded compensation to the family of a 68-year-old woman who was among the pedestrians killed in the Gion entertainment district in April 2012.

The ruling, issued Tuesday, is the first among a series of civil suits filed over the case.

Fujisaki was driving a minivehicle owned by his company, an indigo-dyeing material sales firm, when he plowed into pedestrians crossing a busy intersection in Higashiyama Ward on April 12, 2012, killing the woman and six others. Twelve other people were injured in the accident.

The relatives of the woman had sought about ¥61 million in damages.

The 72-year-old president of the dyeing material dealer acknowledged her liability as Fujisaki’s employer but disputed the damages claim in court.

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