15-year-old girl killed by drunk driver being chased by police car
Police said Saturday that a vehicle being pursued by a police patrol car collided with another vehicle in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, killing a 15-year-old girl.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 3 a.m. on Friday as the cars sped down a national highway. TBS reported that the patrol car was pursuing the driver on suspicion of driving over the speed limit, when it crashed into a vehicle that was attempting to turn right.
The deceased, who has been named as Yuna Yamane, sustained injuries to her head and back and was transported to hospital where she died around three hours later, TBS reported. Two other passengers in the vehicle were also injured in the crash.
The driver of the pursued vehicle has been named as 27-year-old health care worker Hiroki Miura. During questioning, Miura was quoted by police as saying he had been drinking and he panicked when police approached him. He was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and will also be charged with dangerous driving resulting in death, police said.
Ehime police told the press that they believe the pursuing officers were not at fault, and that the 5-kilometer pursuit was carried out correctly.