AceShowbiz - The "Bird Box Challenge", which has gone viral following the release of Netflix's movie "Bird Box", has prompted people to do silly things, like what a Utah teenager recently did. The 17-year-old female driver crashed her car while attempting to drive with her eyes covered.
The accident happened on Monday, January 7. The teenager was driving a pickup truck at about 35 mph on Layton Parkway when she allegedly pulled a beanie hat over her eyes. She veered into oncoming traffic and struck a passenger car. She also hit a light pole and a concrete barrier.
Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. She was with a 16-year-old boy in the car during the time of the accident.
Sharing photos of the two dented vehicles, the Layton City Police Department tweeted on Friday, "Bird Box Challenge while driving...predictable result. This happened on Monday as a result of the driver covering her eyes while driving on Layton Parkway. Luckily no injuries."
Bird Box Challenge while driving...predictable result. This happened on Monday as a result of the driver covering her eyes while driving on Layton Parkway. Luckily no injuries. pic.twitter.com/4DvYzrmDA2
— Layton Police (@laytonpolice) January 11, 2019
Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman told Deseret News, "It didn't take long for her to lose control." Warning people of the danger of driving with their eyes closed, he said, "Honestly I'm almost embarrassed to have to say 'Don’t drive with your eyes covered' but you know apparently we do have to say that."
Lyman added, "It's just outrageous that somebody would think to do that. This one, luckily, didn't end in any injuries but easily could have. The stakes are just way too high to do something like that while you're driving." He further stressed, "It really puts everybody at risk."
According to the report, police initially weren't sure what caused the accident. "Initially we were told she was just talking to her passenger and got distracted," Lyman revealed. But the driver who was hit wasn't convinced and decided to do his own detective work.
"He just could not understand why her car was doing what it was doing," Lyman said. "It was actually through some help and work on the other driver's part to try and make sense of why she was driving the way she was based on what he had seen (that the challenge came out)."
The driver then passed the information to police, who later reinterviewed the girl. She admitted she attempted to do the challenge during the crash. The case will be handed over to prosecutors to be screened for a potential charge of reckless driving.
Previously, YouTube star and Logan Paul's brother, Jake Paul, was criticized for posting a video of him and his friend George Janko blindfolding themselves for 24 hours. They were driving a car and navigating a busy street among other things blindfolded without anyone guiding them. The video was subsequently removed from YouTube following the backlash.