17-year-old dead, 16-year-old seriously injured following police chase
An investigation is underway to discover the cause of a motorbike crash in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, in which one teen was killed and another seriously injured.
According to the report filed by the officers involved, the two boys, aged 17 and 16, were riding on a single motorbike on Sunday afternoon when they failed to stop at a crossing, Fuji TV reported. When a police patrol car approached them, the boys sped off.
The patrol car pursued the boys through the streets of Kawaguchi until the officers said they lost sight of the bike. Shortly afterward, police found the bike which had crashed. The officers were quoted as saying the crash occurred while the bike was out of sight and was not caused by their actions. The 17-year-old died after sustaining head and chest injuries.
An investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing, police said.