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Elderly driver reverses car into 4 people at Osaka supermarket parking lot, sidewalk

The site where a car hit four people, leaving them slightly injured, is seen from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter in Osaka's Konohana Ward on June 3, 2019. (Mainichi/Ryoichi Mochizuki)

OSAKA -- An 80-year-old man reversed his car into four people, including two children, at a supermarket parking lot and on a sidewalk in this city's Konohana Ward on June 3, leaving them slightly injured, police said.

Hiroaki Masunaga was arrested on the spot on suspicion of violating the Act on Punishment of Acts Inflicting Death or Injury on Others by Driving a Motor Vehicle, etc. He was quoted as saying that he hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

According to Osaka Prefectural Police's Konohana Police Station, at around 6:25 p.m. on June 3, Masunaga's car apparently suddenly shot back while he was reversing the vehicle in the parking lot of a local outlet of LIFE supermarket chain, running into the sidewalk through a bicycle parking space.

The car is believed to have hit a 28-year-old woman, her 7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son at the parking lot, and then collided with a 53-year-old woman on the sidewalk. They were all rushed to hospital.

The four victims suffered slight injuries to their heads and feet, while Masunaga was unscathed in the incident.

(Japanese original by Yuma Hori and Kosuke Yamamoto, Osaka City News Department)

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