Woman Struck and Killed by Driver Playing Pokemon Go

A driver playing Pokemon Go struck and killed a woman in Japan Tuesday night. The driver, a 39-year-old man, was driving a truck when he struck two women who were crossing the road in the city of Tokushima. One of the women died of a spinal injury after she was struck. The other was hospitalized for severe injuries.

The driver allegedly told police he was distracted by the game when he struck the pedestrians. He was taken into custody after the crash.

While other crashes and injuries have been linked to the game, this is the first death directly caused by someone playing Pokemon Go. Niantic, the creator of the popular augmented reality smartphone game, announced that it is looking into the incident and will “take any necessary steps” once the investigation is complete.

More than 30 million people play Pokemon Go on any given day. While the game warns users to pay attention to their surroundings, there is currently no feature that stops them from playing while driving.

“No game is worth risking someone’s life. The app recognizes the speed at which the user is moving, so there’s no reason why it shouldn’t restrict use when users are going faster than a normal walking pace,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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