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Minicar strikes and kills pedestrian in crosswalk

Date Posted: 2011-12-23

A 63-year-old Itoman City man is dead after being struck by a car while he was crossing a street in Okinawa Cityís Misato district.

Police say Yoshinobu Kinjo of the Shiohira district of Itoman City, was struck by a minicar as he was crossing National Route 329 about 2:35 a.m. The minicarís 32-year-old driver told police he didnít see Kinjo in the crosswalk. The scene was a two-lane stretch of road at a T-junction, with the driver traveling south from Chibana toward the Koza intersection.

Kinjo was taken to a nearby hospital with chest injuries, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The driver is charged by Okinawa Police with causing an accident because of failure to look ahead on the roadway properly.

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