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

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Named after a Netflix horror movie, the challenge involves participants blindfolding themselves while trying to perform everyday tasks - the latest in a long line of unsafe social media phenomena.

Lt. Travis Lyman, Layton Police, said the 17-year-old girl driving the pickup truck was with a 16-year-old boy when she made a decision to attempt the "Bird Box Challenge" and used a beanie as an impromptu blindfold.

No one was seriously hurt in the crash, but the reason that the crash occurred in the first place has raised a few eyebrows.

The latest nominee for the Darwin Award comes from a teen that drove on a highway in Utah with her beanie hat pulled over her eyes. Officers said she was participating in the popular "Bird Box" social media challenge.

Lieutenant Travis Lyman, a spokesperson for the department, told Gizmodo that a 17-year-old girl tried her luck with the meme on Monday and ended up crashing into another vehicle.

Police in Utah, where the crash happened, said the result was "predictable" - with the teenager drifting into oncoming traffic and hitting another auto. One YouTube star also filmed himself driving while blindfolded.

Have you seen Bird Box?

The challenge prompted Netflix to issue a warning tweet on January 2. The disingenuous tweet - Netflix claimed not to know how the "challenge" had started, despite seeding the hashtag #BirdBoxChallenge weeks before releasing the film - sparked predictable eye-rolling among the thankfully large segment of the population that realizes films aren't real, even if you watch them at home.

Lyman said police have requested the teen driver be charged with misdemeanor reckless driving.

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