Teen driver crashes auto while doing 'Bird Box' blindfold challenge

Driver who crashed while blindfolded was participating in ‘Bird Box Challenge’

The latest viral challenge is responsible for a crash on a street in Layton, Utah, police said this week.

Shockingly, the teen crashed into another vehicle because it's not easy to drive when you can not see.

Police in the U.S. state of Utah have taken the unusual step of urging residents not to drive blindfolded after an online challenge inspired by a horror film led to a crash.

The driver then lost control and slid into the westbound lane, striking a white passenger vehicle and a light pole near 675 Layton Parkway, Lyman said.

Inspired by the Netflix movie Bird Box (in which a blindfolded Sandra Bullock walks around trying not to see a scary monster), the Bird Box Challenge falls somewhere between a marketing meme and the knockout game.

Lyman's disbelief echoes Netflix's own warning earlier this month after the "challenge" started going viral, which cautioned fans not to hurt themselves while reenacting the meme.

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Layton police tweeted photos on Friday explaining the accident. "The stakes are just so high and it's just such a potentially risky thing as it is: to try and do it in that way is inexcusable".

However, police have requested that the driver be charged with reckless driving, Lt Lyman said.

For those that are unfamiliar with the concept, the challenge stems from the film as some people have decided that they should wear blindfolds and navigate their way around the world.

Participants in the "challenge" don blindfolds and try to perform ordinary tasks, imitating the characters in "Bird Box", who must cover their eyes lest they see something unspecified yet horrific that drives them to suicide.

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".

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