Police gave victims' contact info to father of driver in fatal car accident
The National Police Agency on Thursday reprimanded the Kameoka police department in Kyoto Prefecture after a senior officer gave contact info on the 10 victims of Monday’s car accident to the father of the 18-year-old suspect.
In the accident, a seven-year-old girl and a pregnant 26-year-old woman were killed when the minicar hit a group of elementary school children in Kameoka. Eight other children were seriously hurt when the car, driven by an 18-year-old male without a license, crashed into them.
Police arrested the driver, who cannot be named because he is a minor. He said he and his two passengers had been joyriding since the night before and that he had dozed off at the wheel.
According to police, the suspect’s father visited the Kameoka police station on Tuesday and said that he wanted to apologize to the relatives of the victims, TBS reported Thursday. An assistant police inspector gave the man the victims’ names, addresses, ages and phone numbers. It was also revealed Friday that the school vice principal gave the dead woman’s cell phone number to the man.
NPA chief Yutaka Katagiri told a news conference in Tokyo that it was a thoughtless thing for a police officer to do. The incident came to light after some of the distraught relatives complained to police that the man called them, TBS reported.
The suspect’s father said that he sincerely wanted to apologize for what his son did and that he meant to cause no further distress.