Car hits, injures 3 children on crossing; driver arrested
Japan Today -- Nov 06
Police in Yamaga, Kumamoto Prefecture, on Tuesday arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of reckless driving resulting in injury after he hit a group of elementary school children on a crossing, injuring three of them.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 7:10 a.m. at a crossing with lights on National Route 325. Police said the driver, Takao Koga, told them the sun was shining brightly through the windshield and he didn’t notice the light was red, Sankei Shimbun reported.

His car hit three children ― a boy, 12, a girl, 7, and another boy aged 6. They were part of a group of six children on their way to school with two adults.

Police said the three children were taken to hospital with leg and knee injuries.

熊本県山鹿市で横断歩道を渡っていた小学生が車にはねられる事故があり、警察は信号を無視した疑いで運転していた男を逮捕しました。  逮捕されたのは、山鹿市古閑の作業療法士・古閑孝生容疑者(51)です。警察などによりますと、古閑容疑者は5日午前7時すぎ、山鹿市の国道325号で信号を無視して軽自動車を運転し、横断歩道を渡っていた児童3人と衝突する事故を起こした疑いです。この事故で12歳の男子児童、7歳の女子児童、6歳の男子児童の3人が病院に搬送されました。3人は足を打撲するなど軽傷です。児童は6人で集団登校中で、横断歩道には見守りの保護者2人がいたということです。
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