crane driver, who is currently on trial in Kyoto for involuntary manslaughter,
was playing the smartphone game Pokémon GO when he hit and killed a woman
riding a minibike on the afternoon of September 12th.
the first public hearing of this case, the prosecution stated as part of its
opening statement that the accused crane driver, Hiroki Negami, had been
playing the popular smartphone game while at an intersection waiting for a
traffic light in the city of Nagaokakyo in Kyoto Prefecture. It is being argued
that due to this Negami did not notice the woman on the minibike in front of
him. This 39-year old woman, named Mari Himori, was dragged about 130 meters
after being hit by Negami.
quoted as saying “I have no memory of the accident.” However, Negami did
eventually admit to using his phone while he was driving.
26th involving a 9-year old boy getting hit and killed by a truck driver
playing Pokémon GO (read more here) more and more people have been calling for
harsher penalties on people who use their smartphones while driving. This case
will only add further fuel to this alreading burning fire. Just recently the
parents of the young boy that was killed in October met with government
officials in order to try to get new legislation passed that would more harshly
penalize people who use their phones while driving. Whether or not new
legislation is actually passed is still unknown at this point but it is looking
more and more likely. It is clear that something should be done since it seems
that this is a legitimate problem but I am sure that there are many people that
are also concerned about overregulation.For now, we will just have to wait and
see what happens.