A 15-year-old boy was in critical condition in hospital in Sunday after being hit by a car outside the main entrance to his high school in Takasaki City in the early hours of the morning.
Police said the boy was with about 10 classmates fixing decorations put up for their school festival held over the weekend, when he was hit by a car at around 1 a.m. as he was standing in the middle of the road to check the decorated gate. The driver of the vehicle and his female passenger got out of the car to check on the boy, but got back in the car and drove off. The boy suffered a heavy blow to his head and was still in critical condition later on Sunday, police said.
Yuji Takimato, a 62-year-old self-employed man, was arrested at his Annaka City home at around 7 a.m. Sunday for negligent driving resulting in injury and for fleeing the scene of an accident, after his wife called police telling them her husband had hit someone with his car. Takimoto admitted to hitting the boy and said he fled the scene as he was scared of getting caught for driving under the influence of alcohol.