Lt. Travis Lyman told Fox13 that the 17-year-old female driver of the pickup truck was driving on the Layton Parkway with a 16-year-old male passenger when she made a decision to take part in the challenge and blind herself using a beanie.
The Bird Box Challenge wallowed somewhere in between being not-a-meme and a meme-in-embryonic-state earlier this month when Netflix tweeted a warning to its users not to engage in this risky activity.
Layton police in Utah responded to a crash Monday because a driver covered her eyes while driving. Ironically, the teen very almost committed suicide herself trying to copy the film, and one of the film's characters does commit suicide by driving (un-blindfolded) into oncoming traffic.
The 17-year-old girl's auto drifted into oncoming traffic shortly after she pulled her hat down over her eyes while driving on a Layton highway Monday afternoon, hitting a vehicle, a utility pole and, finally, a sound wall. No word on whether the other driver plans to sue her for criminal stupidity - it was reportedly through his own efforts that police learned the driver who'd hit him was blindfolded. In the movie, characters have to move about the outside world wearing blindfolds to avoid looking at an unseen monster that forces people to kill themselves. Officers said she was participating in the popular "Bird Box" social media challenge. Lyman said reckless driving charges against the teen were being considered.
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It's also - and I can't believe we're at the point where this actually has to be said - an incredibly risky stunt to pull off the in real world.
Have you seen Bird Box?
Sadly, some people still are still embracing the stupid, as seen by this 16-year-old motorist in the USA. But others might not be so lucky with such a unsafe stunt.