A vehicle driven by an 81-year-old man speeds down a street in Fukuoka's Sawara Ward on the evening of June 4. (Video footage provided by readers)

FUKUOKA--An elderly driver and his wife died on June 4 after their car sped down the wrong lane and through an intersection, smashing into oncoming vehicles and a pedestrian in Sawara Ward here.

The driver, identified as Yoshimasa Kojima, 81, and his wife, Setsuko, 76, who was in the car, were pronounced dead at a hospital.

Seven people, ranging in age from 14 to 52, were taken to hospital with injuries.

According to Fukuoka prefectural police, the accident occurred around 7:05 p.m., when Kojima’s car rear-ended a vehicle driven by a 36-year-old man about 600 meters south of where Hara-dori street intersects with Meiji-dori street.

Kojima’s car continued north in the wrong lane and came into contact with a mini-vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, police said.

The car then collided with a taxi before hitting two other vehicles waiting at the intersection to make a right turn. The impact overturned one of the cars, which was driven by a 43-year-old man.

Kojima’s car finally stopped on the sidewalk after hitting a 35-year-old pedestrian who was waiting at the intersection, police said.

One witness told The Asahi Shimbun that Kojima’s car approached the intersection at a high speed.

Security cameras in the area also captured a fast-moving car and pedestrians acting surprised and backing away from the street as the vehicle passed them.

The accident occurred when many people were getting off work. A 37-year-old restaurant worker in the area said vehicles normally have to slow down because of the congested traffic at that time of day.

A 77-year-old acquaintance of Kojima said he recently said he was thinking about turning in his driver’s license because of his age and in light of a series of traffic accidents caused by elderly drivers.

In April, a mother and daughter were killed and 10 others were injured by a car driven by an 87-year-old man in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district.

In June, four people in Osaka were injured after being hit by a car driven by an 80-year-old man.