translated by Brett Larner
At around 10:05 on April 29th, a 27-year-old man running the 20th Koriyama 10-Mile Road Race in Koriyama, Fukushima was struck by a car that had entered the course, sustaining minor injuries to his head and chest. Prefectural police arrested the driver of the car, local resident Masatake Watanabe, 73, on suspicion of accidental infliction of injury while driving. Watanabe ignored race staff who told him the roads were closed, saying, "I have urgent business in town and have to get there quickly," before driving onto the course. According to police, the accident occurred at a place where the road had narrowed to a single lane and traffic was blocked. Watanabe drove around race volunteers onto the shoulder of the road to get onto the course. He did not notice the runner, who was moving in the same direction, and struck him from behind.