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City bus strikes, kills bike-riding youngster

Date Posted: 2009-06-25

A seven-year-old boy is dead after being run over by a Nanjo City bus Monday afternoon.

Nanjo City Police say the fatality occurred as a city bus driver on the Baten Branch run in Tsuhako, Sashiki area of Nanjo City, on Route 331, encountered the young boy on a bicycle in front of him. The bus driver reportedly tried to get the youngster, Kousei Chinen, to move to the side of the road, and tried to pass him. When the bus driver sounded his bus horn, the noise surprised the elementary school student and caused him to lose control of his bicycle.

Chinen fell from the bicycle, and beneath the bus. The driver, realizing what happened, stopped the bus about 100 meters from the accident. A passenger aboard the bus ran to the youngster, saw his school nametag, and called him “Kousei chan, Come on, please. Can you hear me?” The boy was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died less than two hours after the accident.

The bus company says the driver has a long record of safe driving, more than 20 years. The company says he was an expert driver, but police say they’ll now investigate

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