31 Oct '16, 1pm

Japanese driver jailed 14 months in country's first Pokemon Go traffic accident

TOKUSHIMA - A Japanese driver was sentenced on Monday (Oct 31) to 14 months in prison for fatally knocking down an elderly woman and seriously injuring another because he had been playing Pokemon Go while driving his van, the Kyodo news agency reported. Keiji Goo, 39, was on Monday convicted of negligence resulting in death and injury for knocking down a 72-year-old woman with his van and causing serious injuries to the other woman as they were crossing a road. The accident in the city of Tokushima in Japan's Shikoku Island on Aug 23 is the first vehicle fatality in the country linked to the wildly popular smartphone game, the Kyodo report said. The game was released in Japan on July 22. Goo's defence team said he is not planning to appeal the ruling. The judge presiding over the case said Goo's negligence was grave, given that he had not noticed the victims crossing on a ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japanese-drive...

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