Teen dies while giving 'finger' to pursuing cops
KAMEOKA, Kyoto -- A teen-age motorcycle rider died Wednesday as he turned to give the finger to police officers who had given up pursuing him and slammed into a taxi, police said.
A 20-year-old friend of the 19-year-old unnamed boy killed in the crash also sustained a broken jaw.
The driver of the taxi into which the motorcycle rider crashed was not hurt.
Police said officers in a patrol car noticed the motorcycle riders had ignored a traffic light shortly after midnight, so turned on their siren and began chasing them.
But the motorcycle was able to maneuver the narrow roads far easier than the patrol car and soon sped off some hundreds of meters ahead of the police.
Realizing the chase was futile, officers turned off their wailing sirens. The two students riding the motorcycle turned around toward the officers and gave them the finger.
However, they failed to notice that they had gone through another red light and slammed into the taxi. The boy steering the motorcycle died instantly.