It seems like there's a slow stockpile of accidents, tragedies and terrible events centered around Pokemon Go the longer the app is on the market. The latest tragedy involves an elderly woman dying from fatal injuries incurred from a man driving a car while playing Pokemon Go.
Kotaku picked up news from a Japanese broadcasting outlet, where it has been reported that a 39-year-old man named Keiji Goh in Tokushima, Japan has admitted that he accidentally hit two women who were crossing the street because he was playing Pokemon Go.
According to a translation by Kotaku, Goh apparently told another news outlet...
I was playing Pokémon Go while driving, so I didn't really see what was in front of me.
Goh ended up hitting 72-year-old Sachiko Nakanishi and 60-year-old Kayoko Igawa. Both women were rushed to the hospital, but Nakanishi did not survive her injuries. Kayoko Igawa, however, did survive her injuries and could be in critical condition.
It's yet another case of a traffic related incident involving Niantic Labs' Pokemon Go. Previously, a man was driving his car and ended up in an accident while playing the game, causing massive damage to the car. In another incident, a man was driving his car while playing Pokemon Go and ended up rear-ending a police cruiser. Yes, of all cars to rear-end while playing a mobile game... it was a police cruiser.
Niantic Labs and other civil service departments have regularly issued warnings to the general public to avoid playing Pokemon Go while driving or while operating hazardous machinery. It should go without saying, but, sadly, some people need these reminders to avoid situations like the one that occurred in Tokushima, Japan recently involving Goh and the two elderly women who he hit with his car.
Vehicular incidents aren't the only tragedies attached to Pokemon Go, though. There have also been the discovery of dead bodies while people have been out wandering about attempting to catch Pokemon.
Given the publicity that the game has churned up in some regions and the fact that it's been in the media a lot, some public institutions like museums and parks have attempted to get the game banned from being played in those areas.
In one startling case, a French mayor of a small village sent an official decree to Niantic Labs to remove all the Pokemon from their town so that no one will be bothered to venture there to catch Pokemon or visit certain landmark locations for the PokeStops and Gyms.
In some ways, when you see news like what happened with Keiji Goh playing Pokemon Go while driving, it's not hard to understand why some cities might want to prohibit players from playing the game or why some officials might see it as hazardous.
In the comment section of the Kotaku article, some users are stating that Pokemon Go should have thresholds on the pedometer to prevent people from earning travel points after moving over a certain number of miles per hour, but others argued that they play the game while riding on bikes, traveling by bus and also while getting rides in taxis. One of the more common solutions, which makes the most sense, was simply that people should stop playing Pokemon Go while driving or doing anything that needs their full attention.