Teen driver pleads guilty in fatal car crash into schoolchildren
News On Japan via Mainichi -- Jul 20
An 18-year-old boy pleaded guilty Thursday to driving a vehicle without a license and crashing it into a line of schoolchildren in late April in Kyoto Prefecture, causing the deaths of two children and a pregnant woman and injuring seven other people.
The Kyoto District Court is expected to hand down a ruling by the year-end after several hearings in which the victims' bereaved families will take part and express their views.
The defendant, whose identity is being withheld because he is a minor, drove a minivehicle in the city of Kameoka without a license when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a row of schoolchildren at around 8 a.m. on April 23, according to the indictment.
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