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Ishigaki taxi driver suspected in death

Date Posted: 2007-07-16

A 73-year-old man was found dead on an Ishigaki street early Sunday, and police think he was run over by a taxi.

A taxi driver called police at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, saying he’d found a man laying in the street. An ambulance took Shikichi Tamaki to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police think the taxi driver hit Tamaki, but he denies it. “No, no, I ws driving on the street and suddenly I heard something from behind, crashing into something.” The driver told police he went back, and found the man. “That’s what happened, and that’s why I called,” he explained to police.

Officers discount the story, asking “What? From behind your taxi you could hear something crashing?” A hospital doctor who examined the body told police Tamaki was drunk, and appeared he had been sleeping in the street when he was run over. “The taxi driver didn’t notice,” the doctor said. He was too late to stop.”
Police agree with the doctor, and are now investigating. They are now checking the taxi.

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