If you’re a trucker with a Facebook account, chances are you’ve seen or at least heard about a post last week about a wrong-way driver who struck and killed a tanker hauler on Interstate 40 near Knoxville on July 20.
The post, purportedly from the driver’s grieving daughter, claims the errant four-wheeler was distracted by Pokémon Go and didn’t realize he was going the wrong way until it was too late for both him and the truck driver, Carroll Trent. Both men died in the crash.
We almost got caught up in the headline rush-to-judgment ourselves last week, when our social media maven Kerry Evans-Spillman was tagged in the post. Trouble was, we couldn’t verify that Pokémon Go was the cause of the crash anywhere besides the Facebook post. In fact, when we started scanning the local headlines looking for boots-on-the-ground reports, like this one from the local CBS affiliate in Knoxville, they said just the opposite. The local newspaper reports also say police aren’t sure what caused the crash, but they’ve ruled the game out as a cause.