Pokémon Go claims first victim in Japan

Death in game’s spiritual home adds to unfortunate events associated with the worldwide hit

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Pokémon Go claims first victim in Japan Pokemon Go craze has spread worldwide, but a series of injuries, robberies and now deaths is raising concerns. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)
By  David Ndichu Published  August 25, 2016

A Japanese truck driver distracted while playing Pokémon Go has killed a pedestrian while injuring another, Reuters reports.

The driver admitted to the police that he was playing the augmented-reality game while he hit the two women. He has not been charged yet, according to the report.

Pokémon Go was developed by Niantic Inc. a Silicon Valley start-up, with Japan’s Nintendo.

Niantic says it had added a feature that pops up on the screen when it detects increase in speed, to confirm the player was not driving.   

This is the second known fatality connected to the Pokémon Go craze after a Guatemalan teen was shot after breaking into a house while playing the game.

There however have been robberies associated with the game, injuries on preoccupied players, as well as generating nuisance as crowds swarm public areas in the hunt for monsters.         

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