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Monument in Ikebukuro unveiled to mark 2019 car crash that killed mother and child | JT

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A monument was unveiled Saturday to recognize the sufferers of the deadly Ikebukuro car crash in April 2019 triggered by a previous leading politician.

The monument to Mana Matsunaga, 31, and her 3-year-old child Riko was established in the area by the Toshima Ward Office at a neighboring park.

“May no person ever be deprived again of a peaceful, ordinary life by a traffic accident,” it claims in English and Japanese.

The set were killed on April 19 when Kozo Iizuka, after that 87 and previous principal of the currently inoperative Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, ran a traffic signal after misinterpreting the gas pedal for the brake and raked right into pedestrians at a going across in front of Higashi Ikebukuro Station. The crash killed the mother and child, that got on a bike, and damaged 9 others, according to his charge.

“I lost the lives of my beloved wife and daughter. In a car accident, you can become a victim or a perpetrator in an instant. I want to continue to raise people’s awareness so that no one else will feel the same way,” Takuya Matsunaga, 33, stated at the introduction event.

Police policemans were amongst the individuals in the event that positioned blossoms at the website.

The sphere-shaped monument is made to look like a bud and was mounted with the assistance of public contributions worth greater than ¥10 million ($94,000).

The event was at first set up for April to mark a year because the mishap however was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Prosecutors fingered Iizuka in February on a cost of carelessness resulting in fatality and injury amidst public objection that evident preference had actually permitted him to getaway apprehension in the instance. He was not founded guilty.

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The mishap mixed argument on just how to avoid crashes including senior chauffeurs in the country’s quickly graying culture.


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