CLARIFICATION: Friday morning, Lt. Brandon Wright gave a clarification of the incident. Initially, damage to the vehicle indicated the pedestrian had impacted the side of the car, but after further review, it was found the vehicle had struck the pedestrian after he was walking in the roadway. The mistake in wording was due to the nature of the damage to the vehicle as listed in the police report.
It’s a story that has repeated itself across the country in recent weeks — and now Hays can add itself to the list after a man was injured playing Pokemon Go.
At 10:51 p.m. Tuesday, a 38-year-old Hays man was struck by a vehicle while playing the popular mobile game in the 700 block of East Sixth.
The unidentified man was walking in the area and entered the street. While entering the roadway, he failed to see a Chevy crossover driven by another Hays resident and was hit by the vehicle as it was traveling east, according to Lt. Brandon Wright of the Hays Police Department.
The pedestrian suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but suffered abrasions and an injured arm, with officers on scene believing it was broken, Wright said.
He was transported to Hays Medical Center.
Wright said the driver of the vehicle reported driving 20 mph at the time of the accident and was not cited, but was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.
The vehicle suffered minor damage.
Prior to the accident, Wright said the HPD has not had a lot of problems with the game’s players, but now “it has happened here as well.”