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Grief Remains 2 Yrs after Fatal Runaway Car Crash in Tokyo

Grief Remains 2 Yrs after Fatal Runaway Car Crash in Tokyo

   Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)--Takuya Matsunaga, 34, who lost his wife and daughter in a high-profile accident involving a runaway car driven by an elderly man, expressed his grief on Monday, exactly two years after the tragedy.
   "I have spent the two years with sorrow and pain," Matsunaga said, holding back tears, after he offered a silent prayer at a monument established at a park near the accident site at 12:23 p.m. (3:23 a.m. GMT), the exact time when the crash occurred on April 19, 2019, in the busy Ikebukuro district in Tokyo's Toshima Ward.
   In the accident, the car driven by Kozo Iizuka, then 87, a former senior Japanese government official, went out of control, hitting Matsunaga's wife Mana, then 31, and their daughter, Riko, then 3, to death. Nine other people were injured in the accident.
   "It was cruel to see the bodies of Mana and Riko, so I couldn't see their faces to bid farewell," Matsunaga recalled. "I thought that there is nothing more outrageous than this," he said.
   Since the accident, Matsunaga has been engaged in activities to eliminate car accidents. He said: "Because of my love and appreciation for the two, I don't want their sacrifice to be wasted. I want to realize a society where no one will be deprived of their daily lives (due to car accidents)."

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