A Tarentum woman told Channel 11 News that her 15-year-old daughter was struck by a car Tuesday after playing the popular “Pokemon Go” game.
Autumn Diesroth, a student at Highlands High School, was struck about 5:20 p.m. near the intersection of Ross Street and East Ninth Avenue. She remained hospitalized Wednesday with a collarbone injury, a foot injury and several cuts and bruises.
Autumn’s mother, Tracy Nolan, said the accident happened when her daughter had just finished playing the game and was attempting to cross the street.
Nolan said Autumn came to her Tuesday and asked for her phone.
“She said, ‘Mom, I heard about this ‘Pokemon Go,’ and I want to play it. Give me your phone,’” Nolan said.
Although reluctant, Nolan gave the phone to her daughter. Less than 30 minutes later, she received a phone call that sent her into a panic.
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.”
Parents: Teach your stupid children to not walk into traffic. When we tell them to go play in traffic, don’t take it literally.
“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 said.
Meanwhile, in Central New York a 28-year-old imbecile hit a tree while driving and playing this insipid game.
A driver was playing Pokemon Go Tuesday night when he swerved off an Auburn road and hit a tree, police said.
A man, 28, was trying to catch Pokemon on his phone at 10:44 p.m. while driving near 144 Owasco St., said the Auburn Police Department. Distracted by the game, the man drove his car off the roadway and crashed into a tree, police said.
The man was not seriously injured, police said. The crash left the front end of his car crumpled.
The man admitted he was playing Pokemon Go while driving, police said.
On Long Island, men who haven’t heeded Obama’s call for peace robbed a 19-year-old of his iPhone while he was playing the game.
Police are investigating an armed robbery that targeted a Pokemon Go player.
A 19-year-old man was walking along Lake Shore Drive in Lake Ronkonkoma playing the game Pokemon Go on his Apple iPhone around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
According to Suffolk County Police Department, a gray 4-door sedan with at least three people inside pulled up next to him.
A man in the front passenger seat demanded the victim’s phone, police said. When the victim refused, the passenger in the rear seat threatened him with a gun and demanded the cell phone.
Maybe we should institute waiting periods and intelligence tests before people are allowed to play the idiotic game.