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Ex-Marine Playing 'Pokemon Go' Crashes Car Into Tree

A former Marine reportedly crashed a car into a tree while playing "Pokemon Go" in Auburn, New York, on the evening of July 12.

According to The Smoking Gun, Steven Cary was trying catch one of the digital characters from the popular new phone app game when he had his accident and suffered a broken ankle and cuts on his leg.

For the uninitiated, "Pokemon Go" features animated creatures that pop up on people's cell phones in real-world locations. Users catch the figures by throwing "Pokeballs" at them.

The police report said that the 28-year-old confessed to "actively playing the 'Pokemon Go' game while driving causing him to become distracted and run off the roadway into a tree."

Cary’s mother told The Smoking Gun via email: "[M]y son is a former marine who is trying to be a firefighter and EMT."

Cary was in pursuit of the Lapras Pokemon, according to his family members, while driving a 1996 Honda Accord that belonged to his younger brother Zachary.

Zachary has created a GoFundMe page to help replace his now-totaled car, which did not have collision coverage. As of July 15, he has raised over $250 of his $3,000 goal.

Auburn police said in a statement: "Luckily [the driver] was not seriously injured but this is an example of how easily accidents can occur when someone is engaged in the game and not paying attention," reports The Washington Post.

Police also advised people that "using common sense while playing the game should be paramount above everything else."

Earlier in July, The Post reported that the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., asked people to stop playing the game inside the building.

"Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism," Andrew Hollinger, the Holocaust Museum communications director, told the newspaper. "We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game."

Hollinger said the museum supports patrons using social media to share their experiences and added, "But this game falls very much outside that."

Sources: The Washington Post (2), The Smoking Gun / Photo Credit: Auburn Police Department via The Washington Post

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