A Pokemon Go player, 15, has been hit by a car while playing on the popular app, prompting her mother to warn other teens to beware of the game.
Autumn Diesroth, of Pennsylvania, suffered injuries to her collarbone and foot when she was struck by the vehicle at the intersection of Ross Street and East Ninth Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.Her mother, Tracy Nolan, says her daughter had been playing the game when she found herself at the busy highway. When she tried to cross, she was hit.
‘The Pokemon game took her across a major highway at 5 o’clock in the evening, which is rush hour,’ Nolan told Channel 11. ‘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,’ she said.
Diesroth, a student at Highlands High School, was also left covered in scrapes and bruises after the incident and remained hospitalized today.
Pokémon Go, a modern take on the 1990s kids’ card game, is a smartphone app which uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make digital monsters ‘appear’ around you – on your phone screen.
But the object remains the same; you ‘gotta catch ’em all!’