The mother of a 15-year-old girl who was hit by a car says Pokemon Go is to blame for her daughter’s injuries and is urging other parents to keep their kids away from the game.
Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm this past week, bringing in at least $14 million in revenue on its way to becoming more popular than Tinder and Instagram. While the game is clearly a huge success, not everyone has had a positive experience, like the man who got caught cheating on his girlfriend thanks to the app’s GPS snapshots.
Now, another cautionary tale comes courtesy of a mother in Pennsylvania who says Pokemon Go is to blame for her 15-year-old daughter being struck by a car. The girl, Autumn Diesroth, was hit at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, apparently just after tracking down a Pokemon near a busy highway. WPXI Pittsburgh reports Autumn was hospitalized after suffering a collarbone injury, a foot injury and multiple cuts and bruises.
Tracy Nolan, Autumn’s mother, says the accident happened less than 30 minutes after she gave her phone to her daughter so she could play Pokemon Go. Nolan said Autumn had just finished playing and was trying to cross the street when she was hit.
“The Pokemon game took her across a major highway at 5 o’clock in the evening, which is rush hour,” Nolan said. “Parents, don’t let your kids play this game because you don’t want to go through what I went through last night. I really thought I was losing my daughter. No game is worth a child’s life.”
Nolan added that the driver stopped after hitting Autumn and held her hand until paramedics arrived. A spokesperson for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where Autumn was taken told WPXI that the girl is not the first patient they’ve had to treat as a result of the game.
While this incident is unfortunate, it should be noted that developer Niantic does have a warning about the dangers of Pokemon Go on the app’s loading screen, telling players to remain observant of their surroundings at all times. Numerous other groups, like a police station in Australia, have also issued warnings about the app.
Pokemon Go has been involved in several other dramatic incidents this past week. Two Marine Corps veterans and Pokemon Go players helped police catch a man wanted for attempted murder in California on Tuesday after noticing him while playing the game. Shortly after the game’s launch, a girl found a dead body while searching for Pokemon by a river in Wyoming and police in Missouri say a group of armed robbers used the game to lure in unsuspecting victims.
Source: WPXI Pittsburgh