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Parents blast prosecutor to demand justice for son

Date Posted: 2006-01-24

An Okinawa student visiting Kumamoto Prefecture was killed in a bike accident more than three years ago, but the truck driver was never prosecuted.

The dead boy’s parents continue keeping the issue in front of mainland Japanese leaders, demanding the Kumamoto District Prosecutor’s Office take action against the truck driver. Their son died when his mini-bike was struck by the heavy truck. The prosecutor told the parents in a letter “The driver was not prosecuted because there was nothing suspicious and there was not enough evidence.”

The Kumamoto Prosecutor’s Council took a look, then decided to reexamine the case. Again, they elected not to prosecute, and advised the parents in a January 14th letter. The parents disagree with the decision, contending the driver’s record of having been taken to court many times before the accident involving their son made him a dangerous driver. “I feel very sad,” the student’s father said. “Prosecutors don’t think about us! I don’t think they investigated the driver very well.”

The 20-year-old student died in an early morning collision in March 2002, as he was approaching an intersection to turn right. An oncoming truck crossed over the center line and crashed into the bike. The Kumamoto Prosecutor’s Counsil points out “the truck driver was a sleepy driver, and he was too late to see the mini-bike. The truck was speeding.”

The Naha City District Prosecutor’s Office is demanding the truck driver be taken to court. “The truck driver is all wrong,” an official says. “It was his error. He even had to pay the student’s family.” They argue that the requirement validates the driver’s guilt, but the truck driver’s attorney is still fighting. He’s calling it an issue between Naha and Kumamoto District prosecutors, and says they can fight it out.

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