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An 'intoxicated' US Marine who was accused of crashing his truck and killing a Japanese man 'had a blood-alcohol content that was three times the legal limit'.
The victim, who was identified by local reports as Hidemasa Taira, 61, was making a turn when his vehicle was hit by the Marine's truck around 5.30am in Okinawa, according to Kazuhiko Miyagi of the Okinawa police.
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Japanese authorities said the soldier's vehicle was coming from the opposite direction when the crash occurred.
Marine, Nicholas James-McLean, 21, was arrested and questioned by police after his two-ton military truck smashed into Taira's mini-truck.
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Taira was later confirmed dead at a local hospital. Witness accounts indicate that Taira had the right of way, and James-McLean may have gone through a red light.
Authorities said the Marine was slightly injured in the crash.
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Local reports said a breath test indicated that James-McLean had an alcohol level that was three times the legal limit. Japan's legal limit is 0.03 per cent.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry put out a statement saying James-McLean was 'driving under the influence of alcohol' when the collision occurred.
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'The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, expressed its deep regret over this incident and requested that discipline...
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