Pokémon GO death: Woman dragged 70 meters by stolen car

August 04, 2016 11:07
The stolen car dragged the victim 70 meters down the road in West Melbourne. Photo: 7 News

A woman who was reportedly out playing Pokémon GO was killed after being hit and dragged 70 meters down the road by a driver using a stolen rental car in Melbourne.

Tanami Nayler, 22, had just finished scouring the streets with a friend to catch virtual monsters in the augmented reality mobile game when she was mowed down on a pedestrian crossing in West Melbourne around 2:15 a.m. last Saturday, Sunshine Coast Daily and 7 News reported.

Nayler had just arrived in Melbourne from Sydney the day before.

The driver, a 21-year-old New Zealand national who lives in North Melbourne, was said to be driving a Toyota Corolla stolen from a nearby rental depot at speeds of more than 100 kilometers per hour in a 60km/h zone at the time of the incident, The Herald Sun said.

The man, identified as Nicholas Michael Davison, was charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving, failure to stop at the scene of an accident, failure to render assistance, burglary and theft.

Nayler's phone was in her pocket the moment she was hit, according to Sunshine Coast Daily.

Family members told the Herald Sun they were "in shock" at the news of Nayler's death.

Viviene Nayler, the victim's mother, said she received a text message from her daughter about 30 minutes before the tragic incident happened.

"Have arrived safely in Melbourne, Love you," the daughter texted while coming home from a night out, Mail Online reported.

"I know all mums say this but we really were so close, and that's why she texted me that night, we were always in contact with each other, always so close," The Age quoted the mother as saying.

She denied reports that her only child died while playing Pokémon GO with a friend.

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Tanami Nayler with her parents on her 21st birthday. Photo: Facebook