Nine-year-old killed in Pokemon Go-related car accident in Japan

Breaking News October 27, 2016 16:04

By Deutsche Presse Agentur

Tokyo - A nine-year-old boy was killed in a car accident in central Japan involving a truck driver playing the popular Pokemon Go game while driving, authorities said Thursday.



The 36-year-old driver was arrested late Wednesday after his vehicle hit the boy who was crossing a street in the city of Ichinomiya, Aichi prefecture, local police said.

"I did not keep my eyes to the front as I was playing the Pokemon Go game while driving," the man told police.

It was the second fatal accident in Aichi prefecture linked to the augmented-reality mobile game since its release in Japan in July, local police said.

The game, in which computer-generated Pokemon characters are superimposed onto real locations, has been a sensation this year with over 100 million downloads worldwide and an estimated daily revenue of 10 million dollars.

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