The Tokyo District Court this week ordered a man to pay 47 million in damages to the family of a 75-year-old woman who died after he knocked her down with his bicycle in January 2010. The woman, Reiko Azuma, fell unconscious and died five days later.
The court ruled that the cyclist, who is now 46, was responsible for the woman’s untimely death, Fuji TV reported. The ruling said: “Because the man was not paying attention to pedestrians ahead of him, the fault lies with him.”
The collision occurred when the woman was walking across a street in Tokyo’s Ota Ward. The cyclist told police he did not notice the light was red before he crashed into the woman.