Ryota Onogi, a 30-year-old resident of Nagoya, Japan was arrested on Sunday after he admitted to intentionally plowed his car onto a sidewalk hitting 13 pedestrians near the Nagoya Station, this according to the local police. The police are charging Onogi with a charge of attempted murder after he was apprehended a little after 2:15 in the afternoon.
“I tried to kill people with the car,” Onogi was quoted as admitting to the investigators after he was taken into police custody. He had apparently steered the car he was driving car onto the sidewalk, bowling over unsuspecting pedestrians and running the car for around 35 meters before finally crashing the vehicle into a tree. The police apprehended Onogi right on the spot after his car had crashed. Onogi hit around 13 pedestrians, seriously injuring a 22-year-old man who sustained a broken hip, according to information from the police. The other 12 victims had sustained only minor injuries. According to the police, it was fortunate that the car was not going too fast, only around 35 to 40 kph when Onogi drove onto the sidewalk and plowed into the crowd.
The car was apparently a rental. Onogi was unemployed and rented the car around 2:00 PM, just 15 minutes before he went on a driving rampage. The police are still trying to get to the bottom of the crime, asking Onogi why he did what he did, as there has been no indication yet as to the driver’s reasons.