[Tosu, Japan] When paramedics arrived at the scene of the accident on April 24, the 50-year-old man was determined not to be taken to hospital. After checking him over, police did not notice any serious wounds and so allowed the man to return home untreated, recording the incident as a traffic accident resulting in minor property damage. As an act of courtesy, the driver escorted the man home and urged him to go to the hospital for a medical examination just in case.
[Then] on June 5 at around 1 p.m. police received reports of an unpleasant smell coming from the 50-year-old’s apartment. Upon entering the premises, police discovered his decaying body.
Autopsy results suggest that the man died of a functional disorder of the brain which was caused by a serious blow to the head, and was directly linked to the accident. It was also concluded that due to the severity of his injuries, the probability that the man had died within 24 hours of the accident was extremely high.
While the driver who caused the accident was very co-operative throughout the investigation, due to the complications of the matter police now have no option but to treat the incident as involuntary manslaughter.
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