Man in fatal road rage accident blocked vehicles on 3 other occasions
Japan Today -- Oct 12
A fatal expressway collision in June in eastern Japan appears to have been caused by road rage, with a man arrested over the crash confessing to losing his temper and chasing the victims' car after an argument, investigative sources said Thursday.

Kazuho Ishibashi, 25, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of causing the accident in which Yoshihisa Hagiyama, 45, and his wife Yuka, 39, died on the Tomei Expressway in Kanagawa Prefecture, on June 5. Their two daughters, high school and elementary school students, sustained minor injuries as well.

Ishibashi allegedly blocked a lane of the road by stopping his car in front of Hagiyama's vehicle, which was then hit from behind by a truck, police said. They suspect Ishibashi acted in retaliation after Hagiyama had criticized him for the way he parked his car at an expressway parking area. The crash took place about 1.4 kilometers away from the Nakai Parking Area.

According to the police, Ishibashi chased Hagiyama's vehicle, driven by Yuka, from the parking area and tried to stop it multiple times before finally blocking its path on the passing lane.

Ishibashi is also suspected of grabbing Hagiyama by the chest and assaulting him in an attempt to drag him out of the vehicle, the police said.

The Hagiyamas from Shizuoka, central Japan, were heading westward on the expressway.

According to the sources, Ishibashi, a resident of the southwestern prefecture of Fukuoka, also blocked other vehicles on three separate occasions in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture in western Japan.


逮捕されたのは石橋和歩容疑者。石橋容疑者は事故が発生する前、パーキングエリアで枠外に車を停車し男性に注意されていた。 それに逆上すると家族四人の乗るワゴン車を猛スピードで追いかけ……続きは動画で。

News sources: Japan Today, TomoNews Japan
Jul 18
More than a week after torrential rains in western Japan triggered landslides and flooding, over 200 people are dead and 16 are still missing. (NHK)
Jul 18
A 36-year-old Filipino man arrested last year admitted Tuesday to raping and murdering a female university student in eastern Japan in January 2004. (Japan Today)
Jul 18
Japan and the European Union have signed a free trade deal in Tokyo after years of negotiations. The economic partnership agreement covers about 40 percent of the world's trade and 30 percent of its gross domestic product. The EPA calls for Japan and the EU to remove tariffs on most of each other's goods in phases. (NHK)
Jul 18
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government invited the media to observe the construction sites for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics venues on Tuesday, 2 years ahead of the games' opening. (NHK)
Jul 18
A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force aircraft blocked a runway at Naha Airport in the southwestern prefecture of Okinawa on Tuesday, causing it to be closed temporarily. (NHK)
Jul 16
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will provide financial support to areas in western Japan that were hit hard recently by record-high rainfall. (NHK)
Jul 16
Japanese authorities say 210 people have been confirmed dead and 22 remain missing after the recent record rainfall in the western part of the country. (NHK)
Jul 15
People in western Japan are contending with scorching heat as they pick through the debris left by record rain, flooding and landslides. (NHK)
Jul 14
Authorities say the death toll from the record rainfall that pounded western Japan has climbed to 193. Another 47 people are still missing. Authorities say 5 people are without vital signs. (NHK)
Jul 14
A 22-year-old man who went on a rampage on a shinkansen (bullet train) last month, fatally stabbing one man and injuring two women, began a psychiatric evaluation on Friday. The Yokohama District Court ordered the examination to determine if the man is mentally competent to stand trial. (Japan Today)