1 dead, 3 hurt in Japan as elderly driver mounts kerb

A police officer observing the site of an accident, where a 90-year-old driver mounted the kerb at a busy crossroads, in Chigasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture, on May 28, 2018.
A police officer observing the site of an accident, where a 90-year-old driver mounted the kerb at a busy crossroads, in Chigasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture, on May 28, 2018.PHOTO: YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
One woman was killed and three other pedestrians were injured when a red car driven by a 90-year-old woman mounted the kerb near a busy crossroads in Chigasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture, on May 28, 2018.
One woman was killed and three other pedestrians were injured when a red car driven by a 90-year-old woman mounted the kerb near a busy crossroads in Chigasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture, on May 28, 2018. PHOTO: YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

TOKYO (AFP) - A woman was killed and three other people injured on Monday (May 28) as a car driven by a 90-year-old driver ploughed into pedestrians in eastern Japan, officials said.

The car mounted the kerb near a busy crossroads in Chigasaki city, south-west of the capital Tokyo, hitting four pedestrians, a local police spokesman said.

"One female victim was later confirmed dead and three others - two women and one man - were injured," he added.

The spokesman confirmed the female driver was 90 years old. Police were still investigating the cause of the accident.

Local media said the driver was also slightly injured.

A series of fatal crashes caused by elderly drivers in Japan has left authorities grappling for ways to clamp down on the problem.

Drivers over 65 were responsible for 965 deadly accidents in Japan - more than a quarter of the total - in 2016, according to the National Police Agency.

Most accidents caused by elderly drivers resulted from them mixing up the accelerator and the brake or losing control of the steering wheel.