The security camera installed in a taxi caught the moment when an apparently intoxicated 71-year-old man fell out of the moving vehicle onto the expressway at around 12:40 AM on December 13. Police arrested the taxi driver for leaving the scene of the accident, a charge that he continues to deny as he claims he was unaware his passenger fell out of his vehicle.
According to the police and the video footage, Yasukatsu Okuda had probably opened the door to vomit when he tumbled out of the taxi. He previously called his wife to tell her he had been drinking in Osaka. When he fell out, he was then hit by a vehicle that was following the taxi and later on died from the injuries sustained in the accident. The 64-year-old taxi driver, Kazuo Terai, said he was unaware that his door opened and that he lost his passenger. 10 minutes after the incident, he arrived at their destination but was surprised when the was no longer in the back passenger seat. He then headed back to the highway to check where the man was.
But then the police arrested Terai for fleeing the scene of an accident, a charge that he denies as he believed his passenger was one of those fare dodgers who were trying to get out of paying the taxi fare. He claims he only heard a slight noise from the back, probably around the time the man fell out of the taxi.
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