Off-topic: Woman in crashed car died 1-2 days before accident

Monday, June 27, 2005

Woman in crashed car died 1-2 days before accident

A 28-year-old woman who was found dead with her husband and
their 3-year-old son after their car crashed on an expressway in
Sawara, Chiba Prefecture, early Sunday, is believed to have died one or
two days before the accident, police said."

The police intend to conduct an autopsy on Rie Ishikawa, whose body was already in a state of rigor mortis when it was found in the backseat of the vehicle.

The family resided in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture.

The force of the crash threw the woman's son, Masamune, out of the car from the front passenger seat. After the car had stopped, her husband Masayuki, 32, got out to find the child but both father and son were killed after being hit by oncoming vehicles, the police said.

The car had been traveling on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway in the Tokyo direction when it hit the left concrete wall on the expressway as it entered a gentle right curve and then rebounded and hit the central divider, before stopping about 100 meters away.

The police have arrested 66-year-old Seiji Abe, the driver of the car that hit Masayuki and his son, on suspicion of careless driving. They are also questioning a 33-year-old driver of another car that might also have hit the two.

The Tokyo-bound section of the expressway between the Itako and Daiei interchanges was closed off for about six hours as a result of the accident.


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