Pedestrian Killed in Collision Near Todaiji Temple in Nara; Elderly Driver ‘Mistakenly Stepped on Accelerator’ (UPDATE 1)

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Todaiji temple in Nara

NARA — A 62-year-old man was killed Sunday morning when a car plowed through a walkway near Todaiji temple in the city of Nara.

The accident occurred at around 9:45 a.m. Another pedestrian, age 52, was injured.

The driver of the car, age 79, has been arrested. According to police, the man is the owner of a souvenir store on the walkway and was not hurt.

He told investigators that he mistakenly stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake.