Police officers investigate the scene of a traffic accident on April 23 in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, that killed an 8-year-old girl and seriously injured another. (Video footage by Takahiro Kumakura)

KISARAZU, Chiba Prefecture--A car struck two third-graders on their way to school on April 23 as they were crossing the street here, the third recent high-profile incident of vehicles ignoring red lights and hitting pedestrians.

One girl died and the other was listed in serious condition.

Chiba prefectural police arrested Noboru Takayama, 49, on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in injury and death.

Takayama reportedly told police he was heading to his part-time job when the accident occurred. He said he did not see that the traffic light was red because he was not paying attention.

Eyewitnesses at the scene said the two girls crossed the street when the pedestrian crossing signal was green while that for the car was red.

According to an official with the Kisarazu city board of education, the two girls attended Iwane Elementary School, which is located about 1 kilometer from the accident scene, located in a residential district and about 500 meters from the Ground Self-Defense Force's Camp Kisarazu.

The accident marked the third fatal occurrence across Japan in the past four days involving pedestrians and vehicles.

On April 19, an elderly driver in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district killed a mother and daughter and injured a number of other pedestrians.

Two days later, two people were killed at a crosswalk near JR Sannomiya Station in Kobe when a city bus plowed into them. Six others were injured in that accident.