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Hit-and-run Y-plate car found in Kin Town

Date Posted: 2009-04-09

Police have found the Y-plate vehicle that crashed into three people in a Naha City pedestrian zone Saturday, then fled the scene.

Witnesses noted the license number of the black sedan as it struck the three pedestrians at Matsuyama intersection at Highway 58, then sped away. Police investigators located the car on a restaurant parking lot in Kin Town, not far from Camp Hansen. The windshield was broken, police say, and blood and hair was sticking to the car. The vehicle bore a Y-plate, a special license plate issued to members of the U.S. Forces and their family members.

Okinawa police are coordinating with the U.S. military to identify the vehicle’s owner. Police say the Marine Corps has told them “We are now investigating, and can’t say anything yet, but we’ll do our best to support Japanese police in their investigation.” Local television news media are reporting that the car’s owner is a Marine who left Okinawa for the United States the day before the accident.

A 23-year-old Naha City woman suffered a broken leg in the hit-and-run crash, a 22-year-old Yaese Town man incurred a broken cheek bone, and a 23-year-old Urasoe City man is hospitalized with a cracked hip. “I don’t know what happened to me,” said one of the victims. “We were just walking in the pedestrian zone, going to the Matsuyama area, and in the middle of the street something bumped me and I flew into the air. I don’t remember anything after that.”

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