Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016
Rachel Trent posted on Facebook on Thursday, July 21 that her father lost his life to the game Pokemon Go when a 21-year-old who was playing this game drove down the wrong side of I-40 near downtown Knoxville. The accident occurred on Wednesday, July 20, and involved a collision with a semi-truck driven by 67-year-old Evington resident Carroll Trent.
According to the post, the wrong-way driver “drove down this wrong side of the interstate, colliding with my Dad’s semi and in turn caused his truck to explode, incinerating it to the ground!” The girl urged the players of the game to be responsible and not use a motor vehicle while playing. However, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, police authorities are still investigating the factors in the accident and are not sure if Pokemon Go contributed to the accident. Although Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said alcohol or drugs appeared not to be a factor in the accident.
The attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP are saddened to hear of this accident. Our condolences are with the family of the victim as they mourn their loss.