Former Morning Musume singer arrested over hit-and-run incident
Japan Today -- Sep 07
Hitomi Yoshizawa, a former member of the J-pop all-girl idol group Morning Musume, was arrested Thursday for injuring two people while driving under the influence of alcohol in an alleged hit-and-run incident, investigative sources said.

The 33-year-old ran a red light at around 7 a.m. in Tokyo's Nakano Ward and hit a female bicyclist in her 20s with her vehicle, injuring a male pedestrian in his 40s nearby as well.

Yoshizawa left the scene but called police about 15 minutes later, saying she hit a bicycle with her car. She then returned to the accident site, according to the sources.

She was quoted by the sources as telling the police, "I couldn't stop because traffic was busy at the site."

元「モーニング娘。」でタレントの吉澤ひとみ容疑者(33)が酒を飲んだ状態で車を運転し、女性をひき逃げしたとして逮捕されました。
News sources: Japan Today, ANNnewsCH
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