Driver Playing Pokemon Go Kills Pedestrian In Japan

Japan has reported its 79th accident related to the augmented-reality game Pokemon Go, since it was introduced in the country on July 22.

Citing the Tokushima police, the Telegraph reports that a car plowed into two women last week, as they were crossing the street. One of them, aged 72, died at the scene with a broken neck, while the other one, age 60, suffered a fractured hip.

The driver, a 39-year old farmer, admitted that he wasn’t paying attention to the road because he was playing Pokemon Go. Niantic Inc., the company behind the tremendously popular game, expressed their condolences to the family of the woman who lost her life, according to TheWallStreetJournal.

This is the 79th Pokemon Go-related accident in the Land of the Rising Sun, which resulted in 22 injuries and 57 damaged properties. On top of that, more than 1,000 citacions have been handed over to people who were playing the game in dangerous ways, while they were either riding a bicycle or driving a vehicle.

Moreover, Japan’s officials have urged the makers of the game to prevent the little cartoons from appearing in the Fukushima zone, where the nuclear disaster happened immediately after the tsunami that hit the island on March 11, 2011.