OSAKA--A 17-year-old boy mistakenly identified as a dangerous fugitive was killed after crashing his scooter during a police chase in Osaka’s Nishi Ward on the night of Aug. 30.

The high school student hit a bus stop pole at 9:25 p.m., suffering fatal injuries to his head and other body parts, according to Osaka prefectural police.

The youth was mistaken for Junya Hida, a 30-year-old rape suspect who escaped from the detention facility of a police station in Tondabayashi, Osaka Prefecture, on the night of Aug. 12. Hida fled after breaking an acrylic partition separating him and his lawyer in the visitor’s room following their meeting.

At 8:25 p.m., Osaka’s Minato Police Station received an eyewitness report claiming to have spotted a man resembling Hida.

A male passer-by reported a man clad in blackish clothes, wearing a helmet bearing a silver line, and riding on a black scooter.

Police followed the lead and found the teen riding the scooter on a local street.

Officers in the patrol car chased the teenager for about 2 kilometers after presuming he was Hida because he ignored their order to stop, went the wrong way on a one-way street and ran a red light.

The teen did not have a driver’s license, and the scooter was stolen in the middle of July in Minato Ward, but it appears to be unconnected to Hida.

“The chase was appropriate,” said Yoshihisa Shintani, vice chief of the police station.