Pokemon Go Claims First Life As Gamer Ignore Safety Warnings
It was almost inevitable.
Pokemon Go, the new mobile game sweeping the nation, has claimed its first life.
Jerson Lopez de Leon, 18, was shot dead after ignoring safety warnings and breaking into a stranger's home in the attempt to catch a pokemon character.
The teenager allegedly broke into the Guatemalan home with his 17-year-old cousin Daniel Moises Picen, who was also injured.
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Police are searching for a van that was seen fleeing the scene of the crime shortly after.
This is the first reported death from the virtual game.
However, a number of safety concerns have been raised as people continue to risk their lives in the venture to 'catch them all'.
Photos have emerged of players in Bosnia entering cordoned off minefield areas to collect the virtual animals.
The mine fields are the remainder from the Bosnian War in the 1990s - and have an estimate of 120,000 mines remaining.
A warning has even been issued to try to prevent further deaths.
"We received information that some users of the Pokemon Go app in Bosnia were going to places which are a risk for mines, in search of a pokemon," Posavina bes mina, a Bosnian do-mining charity reported.
"Citizens are urged not to do so, to respect demarcation signs of dangerous mine fields and not to go into unknown areas."
Another near death experience occurred in Missouri when a pregnant woman was involved in a hit-and-run accident while playing the game.
Kaitlyn Shelton was reportedly hit by a car on July 15, forcing her to have an emergency c-section in hospital while unconscious and suffering from her injuries.
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Doctors have reported that both mum and bub are expected to make a full recovery.
The victim's sister, Ashley, spoke to WDAF about the incident after a van sped past the small group that included Kaitlyn.
“When they drove by I asked ‘what is your problem?’” said Ashley Shelton, the victim’s sister.
At that point the vehicle then swerved towards the group and made contact with Kaitlyn.
“I remember seeing her get hit and she landed on the ground. That van reversed some more and ran her legs over,” Ashley told WDAF.
“She was faced down, belly down, I honestly did not know if my sister was alive or dead at that point.”
Stay safe while playing Pokemon Go!