Woman Killed By Pokémon Go Driver

[Image: ANN]
[Image: ANN]
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Last night at around 7:25pm in the Japanese city Tokushima, two women were hit while crossing the street, fatally injuring one of them. The driver, 39 year-old Keiji Goh, admitted he wasn’t watching the road ahead, because he was playing Pokémon Go.

According to ANN, one of the women, 72 year-old Sachiko Nakanishi, was transported to the hospital, where she later died. The other woman, 60 year-old Kayoko Igawa, suffered serious injuries from the accident.

NHK reports that Goh, who has since been arrested, is quoted as saying, “I was playing Pokémon Go while driving, so I didn’t really see what was in front of me.”

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Earlier this month, a Pokémon Go update warned players not to play while driving.

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mortal-dictata
Mortal Dictata

If the game requires GPS and uses accelerometer in the phone surely they should have a lock on using the game if going above 5-6 MPH.

Sure it means they passenger can’t use it but better than stupid idiots using a phone while driving.