Pokemon Go Claims First Victim in Japan
Pokemon Go was released in Japan on July. A month later, the blockbuster smartphone game has been concerned about the potential for accidents on roads and on crowded train platforms. Weeks ago, Nintendo added a warning not to play Pokemon Go while driving, but it cannot stop crazy players.
Keiji Goo, a 39-year-old farmer, hit 2 female pedestrians on Tuesday evening when he was driving a small truck and failed to notice them crossing the road because he was playing the popular mobile game. The accident killed Sachiko Nakanishi, 72, and left Kayoko Ikawa, 60, badly injured. It was considered as Japan’s first fatality associated with Pokemon Go.
According to the National Police Agency, there were 1,140 cases of traffic law violations related to the game. And Pokemon Go-linked accidents happened in 29 prefectures. Of them, 22 resulted in injuries and 57 in property damage.