FIRST DEATH IN PRO­FES­SIONAL DRIFT­ING HIS­TORY

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Tragic news has bro­ken that a woman has died in Ja­pan fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at Nikko Cir­cuit. Sachiko Suzuki sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries after a loose wheel struck her head as she was spot­ting for her fi­ancée at the D1 Street Le­gal drift­ing event, on De­cem­ber 4.

The wheel be­longed to Yuuki Takamiya’s Team Ma­gi­cian car. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the car had passed tech­ni­cal in­spec­tion that morn­ing; how­ever, a fa­tigued bolt sheared off, caus­ing the brake and hub assem­bly to sep­a­rate from the car. It trav­elled over a tyre bar­rier and con­crete wall be­fore strik­ing Suzuki in the back of the head. She was rushed to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent but, un­for­tu­nately, suc­cumbed to her in­juries. Her death is the first­known fa­tal­ity in ma­jor-se­ries drift­ing. While this may have been a freak oc­cur­rence, we are likely to see a shift to­wards tougher reg­u­la­tions in the sport to en­sure in­ci­dents like this don’t hap­pen again. D1 Street Le­gal re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment shortly after the in­ci­dent (as trans­lated by Google):

“Although our com­pany has op­er­ated the event with safety as a top pri­or­ity, we are very sorry about the ac­ci­dent that oc­curred this time. Re­gard­ing fu­ture re­sponse, we will do it im­me­di­ately as soon as we know the de­tails of the ac­ci­dent.”

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