Driver hits tree while playing Pokémon Go
— A man swerved and crashed his car into a tree while playing the popular Pokémon “Go” game.
The incident happened Tuesday night in Auburn, N.Y., and it comes as police and transportation departments across the country are warning players to use caution when using the popular new app on their phones. Auburn is east of Rochester.
Police said that the crash happened just before 11 p.m. and that the driver “admitted to actively playing” Pokémon “Go” “while driving, causing him to become distracted and run off the roadway into a tree.” A photo that the police department put out shows a crushed front end of a car.
“Luckily,” police said in a statement, the driver “was not seriously injured but this is an example of how easily accidents can occur when someone is engaged in the game and not paying attention.”
In Washington, D.C., the game has also created controversy with people playing it at the Holocaust Memorial Museum and at Arlington Cemetery.