U.S. tourist in Tokyo struck, killed by taxi


(eTN) – An American tourist died after being hit by a taxi while crossing a road in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, early Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after he had arrived in the country, police said.

James David Floyd, 26, had been drinking with friends in a hotel near the Harajuku district and was trying to get to a shop on the other side of Meiji-dori avenue from the hotel when the taxi hit him at about 12:35 a.m. Saturday, according to the police.

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He was killed instantly after a receiving a hard blow to the head.

There was no pedestrian crossing nearby, the police said.

Officers from Harajuku Police Station arrested the driver, 63-year-old Tadatoshi Kubota, on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in injury and later switched the charges to negligent driving resulting in manslaughter.