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.

今年6月に東名高速道路で追い越し車線に停車していた車二台にトラックが衝突し、夫婦二人が死亡した事故で、当時軽傷を負った男が運転過失致死傷及び暴行の疑いで10月10日に逮捕された。

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
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