'Bird Box' challenge to blame for auto wreck in Utah, police say

Geneva Stokes
January 12, 2019

The challenge was inspired by Netflix's new thriller "Bird Box", which takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where people need to wear blindfolds to block the outside world and prevent themselves from being possessed by demons that prey on their worst fears and lead them to commit suicide.

Police say the latest viral challenge is responsible for a crash on a street in Utah.

The "Bird Box Challenge" is when those who play attempt to perform normal tasks while blindfolded, as some of the characters must do in the movie.

Layton police officer Travis Lyman said Friday that the 17-year-old drifted into oncoming traffic and hit another auto after she pulled a hat over her eyes to emulate Bird Box, a record breaking Sandra Bullock movie where characters must be constantly blindfolded to avoid visions that urge them to die. And according to police in Layton City, Utah, the stunt resulted in a pretty nasty accident earlier this week.

As for the teen, she now faces reckless driving charges.

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The 17-year-old driver, her 16-year-old passenger and the occupants of the other auto all escaped serious injury.

According to KUTV and the Layton police department, she soon veered into the other lane and hit another vehicle, a light pole and a sound wall.

"It's just inexcusable to do something as risky as this, not only to yourself but everyone else on the road", said police Lt Travis Lyman, quoted by KSL.com. Officers said she was participating in the popular "Bird Box" social media challenge.

Netflix already has tried to combat the social media-driven phenomenon, tweeting a January 2 advisory that "Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes".

Police say the young woman in question had pulled her hat over her eyes while she was driving, which resulted in the crash.

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