Woman dies in freak car accident in Omoromachi

A woman in her 60’s died when a car driven by a man in his 70’s ran over her in Omoromachi, Naha City, Sunday evening.

According to Naha Police, the man was exiting from a parking lot when the car for no apparent reason suddenly accelerated, and obviously out of control ran over a woman walking on the sidewalk across the street. The car then plowed into a restaurant across the street.  No one in the restaurant was hurt, nor was the driver of the car.

The woman was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

According to eyewitnesses the car, coming out of the parking lot, suddenly accelerated leading to a speculation that the driver might have by mistake stepped on the accelerator instead of his brakes.

Police investigation into the cause of the accident continues.

  • okiharley

    Just another reason why everyone over 60 should be forced to retake a driving test every two years. There are too many folks that can’t react in time and drive safely still operating a vehicle that should be using public transportation for everyone’s safety.