A Camp Zama civilian worker was arrested Wednesday after police and Army officials said the car he was driving struck and injured a Japanese pedestrian in Sagamihara city.

Tyrone Lavarcia Green, 23, was driving in front of Camp Zama’s main gate at 12:25 p.m. when the vehicle struck Nobuko Hasegawa, 74, of Sagamihara, who was crossing the street in a crosswalk, a Kanagawa Prefectural Police spokesman said. Green was arrested at 1:30 p.m. at the scene on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in bodily injury, the spokesman said.

The woman sustained injuries to her head, legs and pelvis and was in serious condition, said U.S. Army Garrison Japan spokesman Edward Roper.

Green works at Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s outdoor recreation division, Roper said.

Green remained in Japanese custody Thursday, officials said. His case was to be sent to the Yokohama Public Prosecutors Office in Sagamihara on Friday, the police spokesman said.

“Primary investigation shows that he was not under the influence,” said Roper. Green told the police that he was on his way to buy lunch, the police spokesman said.

Roper added that the Army is cooperating with the investigation and has made condolence visits to Hasegawa and her family.

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Hana Kusumoto is a reporter/translator who has been covering local authorities in Japan since 2002. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Australia and Illinois growing up. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and previously worked for the Christian Science Monitor’s Tokyo bureau.

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