A car that ran a red light in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, on Thursday, caused a traffic accident in which an 11-year-old girl was killed, police said Friday.
A 58-year-old man was driving home after having been shopping with his wife and four grandchildren when his car was hit by a driver running a red light at an intersection in Mikkaichicho at around 3 p.m., Fuji TV reported. Five of the group were injured in the crash, but one of the man’s granddaughters, an 11-year-old girl, was killed.
The driver of the car that ran the red light, who has been named as Emiko Asai, a 48-year-old unemployed woman from Suzuka, was arrested on a charge of accidental infliction of injury with a vehicle. Asai was quoted by police as saying she didn’t notice the red light.