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15-Year-Old Hit by Car After Playing Pokemon Go

"The Pokemon game took her across a major highway at 5 o’clock in the evening, which is rush hour. No game is worth a child’s life."


A teen from Pennsylvania was hit by a car this week after playing Pokemon Go, according to local news site WPXI. 15-year-old Autumn Deisroth was struck Tuesday evening and was hospitalized for injuries to her collarbone and foot; she also had numerous cuts and bruises.

Her mother, Tracy Nolan, told WPXI that the accident happened right after her daughter finished a Pokemon Go session and was crossing a street.

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Nolan told Channel 11 News that Autumn looked down a hill and ran, but was struck by a car.

"The Pokemon game took her across a major highway at 5 o'clock in the evening, which is rush hour," Nolan said. "No game is worth a child's life."

Nolan said the driver stopped and held her daughter’' hand until she was taken to the hospital.

An area hospital, the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, told WPXI that Autumn wasn't the first case they'd seen as a result of Pokemon Go. However, the report didn't include any information on those cases and how severe they might have been.

"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," Nolan explained.

Earlier this week, authorities in New York urged Pokemon Go players not to play the game while driving a car or riding a bike. A man who was playing Pokemon Go crashed his car into a tree, though he survived.

Pokemon Go has become global phenomenon on a level not even developer Niantic might have imagined. Seemingly everyone is playing it, including WWE owner Vince McMahon, while the game is also helping people sell pizza. You shouldn't play Pokemon Go everywhere, though; don't play Pokemon Go at the Holocaust Museum or while driving.

For more on Pokemon Go, check out GameSpot's review.

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