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100-yr-old driver steers car onto sidewalk, hits pedestrian in Japan's Niigata

The Niigata Prefectural Police headquarters building is seen in this file photo taken in Niigata's Chuo Ward on Feb. 22, 2019. (Mainichi/Yuma Hori)

NIIGATA -- A 100-year-old man drove his car onto a sidewalk and struck a pedestrian in his 30s here on the morning of Sept. 17.

"Once I realized what was going on, I was already on the sidewalk," the centenarian was quoted as saying by the Niigata Prefectural Police. The man who was hit was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg. His injuries are apparently not life-threatening.

According to officers at the Niigata Police Station in this Sea of Japan coastal city, the scene of the accident was on a straight two-lane road without traffic signals. The driver's vehicle apparently suddenly veered left and mounted the sidewalk, mowing down guard poles as it went before striking the younger man.

(Japanese original by Mei Nanmo, Niigata Bureau)

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