LAYTON — A teenager allegedly participating in the “‘Bird Box’ Challenge” caused a two-car accident when she attempted to drive while her eyes were covered, police say.
A 17-year-old girl was driving on the Layton Parkway just before 5 p.m. Monday when she allegedly decided to pull her beanie hat over her eyes and continue driving, said Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman.
“It didn’t take long for her to lose control,” he said.
The girl, traveling about 35 mph, began to swerve back and forth, eventually overcorrecting, and went into oncoming traffic where she sideswiped another vehicle on the driver’s side, Lyman said. The impact from that crash spun the girl’s pickup truck into a light pole and a concrete barrier.
The challenge was created on social media after the Netflix movie “Bird Box” was released. In the movie, Sandra Bullock’s character is forced to do many activities while blindfolded, including running through a forest and taking a boat on a lake.
Similar to the dangerous “In My Feelings” car challenge and the Tide Pod eating challenge, the “Bird Box” Challenge became the latest internet craze that even officials at Netflix have publicly tried to discourage. People participating in the challenge attempt to do activities while blindfolded.
Neither the man in the car that was hit in Layton, nor the teenage driver or her 16-year-old male passenger were injured.
The incident has police shaking their heads in disbelief.
“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,” Lyman said.
When Layton police first investigated Monday’s crash, they weren’t sure what caused the accident.
“Initially we were told she was just talking to her passenger and got distracted,” Lyman said.
But the driver who was hit wasn’t convinced. Lyman said the driver decided to do some of his own detective work.
“He just could not understand why her car was doing what it was doing,” he 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 talked to someone who had overheard what the teen girl was really doing. After passing that information along to police, detectives reinterviewed the girl and she admitted she had tried the challenge, Lyman said.
Police are expected to hand the case over to prosecutors to be screened for a potential charge of reckless driving.
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