Woman Killed In Japan By Driver Playing Pokemon Go


A 72-year-old woman was hit and fatally injured while crossing the road August 23 by a distracted driver playing Pokémon Go.

The incident occurred in the Japanese city of Tokushima, according to Business Insider.

The alleged driver, who was later arrested, was named as 39-year-old Keiji Gooh. The two victims were 60-year-old Kayoko Igawa and 72-year-old Sachiko Nakanishi. Igawa suffered severe injuries, while Nakanishi died at the hospital.

“I was playing Pokémon Go while driving, so I didn't really see what was in front of me,” Gooh said, Business Insider reported.

Niantec, Pokémon Go’s developer, built in several checks to attempt to prevent players from using the game while driving. A warning appears when the game is opened cautioning players to be aware of their surroundings. A message also reads, “Do not play Pokémon GO while driving.”

A pop-up message appears if a player is traveling too quickly while playing the game, and they are asked to confirm that they are not driving a vehicle.

Other crashes caused by Pokémon Go players being distracted took place when one driver hit a Baltimore police car and another struck a tree.

Hundreds of people have also been fined in Taiwan for playing Pokemon Go while driving their vehicles.

In another incident, police officers intervened to stop a driver in Canada who they spied from a helicopter driving erratically. He admitted to having played Pokemon Go when questioned by York Regional Police (YRP) officers.

Another driver was stopped for doing the same thing. But officers explained that unless evidence existed of the driver playing the game while moving, it is difficult to charge them with an offense.

“It definitely appears that he’s driving distracted, just with the method with which he’s driving: stopping, turning. It’s really up to the officer whether they lay a charge or not,” YRP spokesman Constable Andy Pattenden told the Toronto Star.

The officer reportedly let the driver off with a stern warning.

Sources: Business Insider, Toronto Star / Photo credit: YouTube via Complex

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