Driver admits to drinking alcohol before crash that killed 2 children

A man admitted to consuming alcohol before the truck he was driving was involved in an accident that left two people dead and three others injured at an elementary school near Tokyo, investigative sources said on Tuesday.

Police raided the home and office of 60-year-old Hiroshi Umezawa on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in injury or death. Alcohol over the legal limit was detected when he took a breathalyzer test following Monday’s crash.

People visit the site of a fatal traffic accident in Yachimata, Chiba Prefecture, eastern Japan on June 29, 2021, where a truck driven by a drunken man the day before crashed into elementary school students, killing two and seriously injuring three others. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

Police said it appears he did not apply his brakes at the crash scene in Yachimata, Chiba Prefecture, and that they are considering charging him with dangerous driving causing death or death. injuries.

According to the Yachimata transport company he works for, Umezawa was returning to the company at the time of the accident, having delivered cargo to Tokyo.

Police are also checking to see if the company, a subsidiary of Nanbu Corp., a steel rebar processing company in Tokyo, has had any problems with running its operations.

A dozen investigators arrived at the company in Yachimata Tuesday morning with boxes for the on-site investigation.

“I am so sorry,” said Umezawa, 80, mother. “I hardly ever saw him drink.

“He did a very bad thing,” said the mother, who lives in a different house on the same land as her son’s house. “I am amazed that he did such a thing.”

Umezawa’s truck struck a line of students as they walked home from Choyo Elementary School at around 3:30 p.m. Monday, killing two boys and seriously injuring three other children, one of whom remained unconscious, according to the police.

Police quoted Umezawa as saying he crashed into the group of children after hitting a utility pole when he suddenly swerved to the left.

Early Tuesday morning, bouquets of flowers were placed near the utility pole and people were seen praying.

“I can’t believe young children were involved. I’m so sorry for the parents,” said Shota Kojima, 24, of Yachimata.

“I regret that the children’s future has been taken away and as a mother of a child, it hurts when I think of the suffering of parents,” said a company worker in her twenties.

Choyo Primary School in Yachimata was closed on Tuesday as the local school board was still unable to give any explanation to parents.

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2 dead as truck driven by drunk man hits children near Tokyo

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