Driver ran over 5 children and teacher in front of school before blaming bright sunshine

By Mason White 5:13 PM October 25, 2017
Sun shining on road (illustration)
Sun shining on road (illustration)
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A driver who rammed into children and a teacher blamed the blinding sun for the accident that occurred early in the morning, according to police in Japan.

Osaka police said that they have arrested 21-year-old Takaaki Kitamaki after being accused of careless driving.

Kitamaki has been charged with one count of negligent driving resulting in injury.

According to the police investigation, the incident unfolded on Wednesday, at around 8:00 a.m.

The children were walking to their elementary school when Kitamaki came speeding down the street.

Kitamaki hit three boys, two girls and a teacher from behind.

The children were between 6 and 12 years old while the teacher was 55-years-old.

5 victims suffered moderate injuries while a 10-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital in critical condition with severe head trauma.

Kitamaki remained at the scene of the accident.

Police determined that Kitamaki was not under the influence of alcohol.

During questioning, Kitamaki told police that the sun was shining very bright and he was unable to see the children.

Investigators determined that Kitamaki was driving recklessly and swerved off the road while trying to avoid hitting an oncoming car.

The bright sun might have contributed to the accident, police said.