Five injured as car hits pedestrians at Tokyo sidewalk

TOKYO (Xinhua) – A car driven by an elderly man mounted a sidewalk in Tokyo’s busy Shinjuku district on yesterday and injured five pedestrians, local police said.

According to the police, the incident occurred at around 1.30pm local time on a busy shopping street in Shinjuku.

The crash occurred around 100 metres east of JR Shinjuku Station, a major transportation hub in central Tokyo.

The police quoted the 79-year-old driver as saying that before he realised what was going on, he had already crashed his car.

“I had already crashed the car before I realised it,” the driver said, adding that he was choking after drinking some tea.