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Elderly driver in fatal collision with schoolchildren to be tested for dementia: police

YOKOHAMA -- An elderly man whose truck hit a group of children going to school, killing one, did not slow down before the accident and will be examined for dementia, police said.

    Masaichi Goda, 87, was arrested on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in injury and death. Goda's truck hit a group of children in Konan Ward, Yokohama, on Oct. 28, killing a first-grade elementary school student and injuring seven.

    Goda crashed into a stationary car just before running into the students, and according to investigators, Goda did not slow down before that crash. They say that based on evidence including surveillance camera footage, the truck may have been traveling between 40 and 50 kilometers per hour. Police at the Konan Police Station are continuing to investigate.

    On Oct. 30, police at the station referred Goda's case to the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office and searched his home in Yokohama's Isogo Ward. Goda has reportedly admitted to the allegations during questioning and said he apologizes to the children who were hurt. However, his explanation of what caused the accident has changed repeatedly, and police intend to have him examined for dementia.

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