The Pokémon Go craze has been associated with several accidents. In Virginia Beach, a drunk driver who was playing the game seriously injured a teenager, according to a search warrant affidavit.
The incident was reported in the Virginian-Pilot. The driver was reported to be heading west on Holland Road in Virginia Beach when he opened up the “Pokémon Go” app on his smartphone. He then crashed into a vehicle that was about to turn right into a car wash, the affidavit stated.
The driver didn’t stop at the wreck scene. Instead, he drove onto a sidewalk close to the Holland and Governor’s Way intersection, where he hit and seriously injured a 16-year-old girl who was on the sidewalk.
The affidavit stated the trail of chaos didn’t end there. He kept on driving on Holland Road where he rear-ended a car that was stopped in the left-turn lane at the intersection with South Plaza Trail.
The police document said he kept driving and was only stopped when he was boxed in by other drivers.
The 47-year-old man has been charged with DUI, maiming, three counts of felony hit and run, as well as driving with an expired inspection sticker and not wearing a seat belt. The report said a breathalyzer test showed his blood alcohol content was 0.294, nearly four times the legal limit for driving. He is scheduled to appear in court in September.
These set of circumstances shock me as someone who helps the victims of car accidents on a daily basis. Both drunk driving and distracted driving are menaces to other drivers and pedestrians. My thoughts are with the young pedestrian who sustained serious injuries.
Last month, we described how the Pokémon game has led to a series of injuries to distracted players. When players are looking at the game behind the wheel, other road-users may become victims.
The Pilot report noted how a woman was killed and another injured when they were hit by a player as they crossed a street in Japan. Baltimore police reported that a man smashed his car into a police car while playing the game. In Alabama, a man drove into a tree while he was playing the games.
This wreck in Virginia Beach shocks me as it appears to combine distracted driving with high levels of alcohol abuse. If you are behind the wheel, put your mobile device away and never drive drunk. If you or a family member has been hit by a drunk or a distracted driving and suffered injuries, it makes sense to consult a Virginia Beach car accident lawyer. If you have been hurt by someone who is driving after consuming large amounts of alcohol you may be awarded additional damages to punish the offender. Please call us today for a free and confidential consultation at (757) 455-0077.