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U.S. Airman in Japan Turns Self In

September 9, 2000

TOKYO (AP) _ A U.S. airman stationed in Japan turned himself in to police Saturday after an early morning hit-and-run incident that killed a 72-year-old Japanese woman, police said.

Police in Tachikawa, a western suburb of Tokyo, identified the airman as Pfc. Jon M. Mills, a 24-year-old enlisted man stationed at Yokota Air Base. They did not know his hometown.

After questioning Mills, police arrested him on charges of professional negligence resulting in death.

Mills is suspected of hitting 72-year-old retiree Chiyoko Nakamura while driving through Tachikawa back to the base at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, then fleeing the scene, said Katsuhiko Seki, duty officer at the Tachikawa Police Station.

The woman died shortly afterward of injuries to the head.

Mills turned himself in less than two hours later and admitted responsibility for the accident.

Officials at Yokota Air Base, located in Tokyo’s western suburbs, could not be reached for comment.

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