A truck driver killed a pedestrian while playing Pokemon Go.
The Pokemon Go game caused the first death in Japan. A 39-year-old farmer was playing Pokemon Go while driving his truck. On Tuesday evening he hit two pedestrians, killing one of them.
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Japan's Police Agency confirmed that this is Japan's first death involving Pokemon Go. The Japanese government was quick to issue safety recommendations when Pokemon Go launched in Japan on July 22.
Americans have been spotted using Pokemon Go while driving early on. There have been several car accidents since involving Pokemon Go, but we are not aware of a fatal accident.
Japan is the origin of Pokemon 20 years ago. It is sad to see that the country has the first death involving Pokemon Go. All safety warning do not have any effect if people have no common sense.
Using your smartphone for anything while driving is extremely dangerous. Pokemon Go is even more distracting and keeps your eyes off the streets for way too long.
Niantic has added a warning message to the Pokemon Go game one or two weeks into the release. "Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings." Additionally there is a message that users have to acknowledge that warns about driving and trespassing while playing Pokemon Go.