Man who ‘wanted to be God’ fatally hits road worker with car, injures 2 others
tokyoreporter.com -- Jul 29
Aichi Prefectural Police arrested a 27-year-old man after he admitted to intentionally driving his vehicle into a weed-cutting crew in Toyohashi City on Monday, killing one worker and injuring two others, reports TV Asahi (July 27).

According to police, the three male victims were using two trucks to cut weeds on the side of a road.

At around 2:30 p.m., Kei Aono, of no known occupation, allegedly drove his vehicle into 46-year-old Natsuno, who was directing traffic. Natsuno was later confirmed dead at a hospital.

Aono’s vehicle also slammed into one of the trucks before it hit the other two workers. It then came to rest after smashing into a guard rail.

Both of the other victims are receiving medical care. Neither is in life-threatening condition, police said.

Officers from the Toyohashi Police Station arriving at the scene accused Aono of attempted murder. “I wanted to be God,” Aono said. “I wanted to kill. Anyone would do.”

In carrying out the crime, Aono first drove his vehicle against traffic and crossed the central median of the road before arriving at the work crew.

After the incident, the suspect attempted to flee the scene by driving off in the second truck. However, officers apprehended him at the scene.

Police are investigating whether to change the charges against Aono to

indiscriminate murder.

愛知県豊橋市で27日午後2時半ごろ、草刈り作業などをしていた 男性3人に乗用車が突っ込みました。乗用車を運転していた職業不詳の青野圭容疑者(27)が、車で故意に追突して、殺害しようとした疑いで現行犯逮捕されました。 当時、ごみ収集車と軽トラックが止まり、草刈り作業が行われていました。青野容疑者が運転する乗用車は、交通整理をしていた男性をはねて軽トラックに衝突。そのはずみで2人の作業員が挟まれました。交通整理をしていた40代くらいの男性は死亡。作業員2人は病院で治療中です。 現場に消防や警察が集まるなか、青野容疑者はごみ収集車に乗り込んで逃げようとしたが、すぐに警察に取り押さえられたといいます。事件前には青野容疑者の車が、反対車線を逆走していたという情報もあります。青野容疑者は警察の調べに「神になるために、殺したかった」と容疑を認めているといいます。警察は、青野容疑者と被害者は面識がないとみて、詳しい動機などを調べる方針です。
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