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Pokémon Go-related car crashes are a thing now

Latest Motor News // 18 August 2016

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Pokémon Go has come from nowhere to become a worldwide phenomenon. Now, you can hardly walk down the street without seeing someone glued to their phone, hoping to catch that elusive Pikachu. Since release, Pokémon Go has had an astonishing 100 million downloads from Apple App Store and Google Play.

However, as much fun as the game is, the game has been the catalyst for many accidents. Below we present the car crashes as a result of Pokémon over-enthusiasm.

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore was the witness to a distracted driver nailing a police car. As the driver later explained, he looked down to his phone to browse the area for Pokémon and unknowingly crashed into a police car. Not good.

In the immortal words of the stunned police officer; that’s what you get for playing with this dumbass game.

Auburn, New York

Auburn, New York witnessed a terrible car crash as a result of distracted drivers playing Pokemon Go. The crash saw the driver go head-on into a tree leading to Auburn officials releasing the following message “Be aware of your surroundings when walking and do not stare down at your phone not knowing hazards around you, like roadways, drop-offs, waterways, etc. Use caution when sharing your location as strangers can see your location information. Travel in groups in public/well-lit locations.”


Possibly one of the funniest yet serious incidents arose in Massachusetts.
26 year old Lamar Hickman caused one of the worst motorway accidents … all in an attempt to catch a Pikachu.
When asked why he was playing the game while driving, his response was “if you wanna catch them all you gotta risk it all so I put my car in park and started tossing these balls

While no one was seriously hurt or injured, the incident brought about the reality of addiction to the game.

Fredrick Jones, a victim of Lamar’s stupidity was one of the people in the motorway queue as a result of the crash. Lamar said the following “Texting and driving was already a very serious issue, but now playing Pokémon Go and driving could make things worse.”

As a result of all the car accidents from the game, #dontpokemongoanddrive has become a popular, and trending, hashtag across Twitter and Facebook.


The number of incidents caused by Pokémon Go caused Derbyshire Police to release the following in regards to Pokémon Go:

“Police are reminding players to concentrate on the real world when catching Pokémon”. The police guidelines for staying safe when catching Pokémon include:

  • Don’t be tempted to take your phone out in busy or unlit areas where thieves could target you
  • Concentrate on the road when walking and crossing
  • Never play while driving
  • Don’t trespass to catch Pokémon