Girl, 17, covers eyes while driving and crashes pickup truck while attempting ‘Bird Box Challenge’

A Utah teenager attempting a viral media challenge based on Netflix‘s hit Bird Box movie is being blamed for a parkway crash involving two cars. 

Layton Police said that a 17-year-old girl was driving down Utah’s Layton Parkway on Monday when she decided to cover her eyes with her beanie to participate in the so-called ‘Bird Box Challenge’ and immediately lost control of her grey truck. 

The teen, who is not being named, then crossed over into oncoming traffic, hit a white SUV and crashed into a light pole, police said, according to ABC4.    

Police said a 17-year-old lost control of her grey truck after she used her beanie to cover her eyes while attempting the 'Bird Box Challenge' as she drove on a Utah parkway

Police said a 17-year-old lost control of her grey truck after she used her beanie to cover her eyes while attempting the 'Bird Box Challenge' as she drove on a Utah parkway

Police said a 17-year-old lost control of her grey truck after she used her beanie to cover her eyes while attempting the ‘Bird Box Challenge’ as she drove on a Utah parkway

The teen crossed into oncoming traffic and struck this SUV before hitting a light pole

The teen crossed into oncoming traffic and struck this SUV before hitting a light pole

The teen crossed into oncoming traffic and struck this SUV before hitting a light pole

Police said there were no injuries but are asking that the teen be charged with misdemeanor reckless driving after her failed stunt

Police said there were no injuries but are asking that the teen be charged with misdemeanor reckless driving after her failed stunt

Police said there were no injuries but are asking that the teen be charged with misdemeanor reckless driving after her failed stunt

‘Bird Box Challenge while driving…predictable result,’ Layton Police wrote in a tweet that included pictures of the two cars involved in the crash.

‘This happened on Monday as a result of the driver covering her eyes while driving on Layton Parkway. Luckily no injuries,’ the post continued. 

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The 17-year-old girl was said to have had a 16-year-old male passenger in the truck with her. It’s unclear how many people were in the SUV.  

Police said that the teen initially told authorities that the crash occurred because she was talking to her friend and gotten distracted, KSL reported. 

The viral media challenge is inspired by Netflix's hit thriller, Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock (shown), in which characters cover their eyes to prevent themselves from going mad

The viral media challenge is inspired by Netflix's hit thriller, Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock (shown), in which characters cover their eyes to prevent themselves from going mad

The viral media challenge is inspired by Netflix’s hit thriller, Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock (shown), in which characters cover their eyes to prevent themselves from going mad

The rash of dangerous-looking challenge attempts prompted Netflix to tweet out this warning

The rash of dangerous-looking challenge attempts prompted Netflix to tweet out this warning

The rash of dangerous-looking challenge attempts prompted Netflix to tweet out this warning

Additional interviews later revealed that the teen was attempting the viral media challenge inspired by Netflix’s hit December flick, Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock, in which characters must cover their eyes to prevent themselves from going mad and killing themselves.  

The challenge has seen people being filmed doing a variety of every day things blindfolded, including walking into walls and down streets. One YouTube star also filmed himself driving while blindfolded. 

The challenge prompted Netflix to issue a warning tweet on January 2. 

‘Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes,’ @netflix tweeted. 

Authorities are asking the city attorney to charge the teen girl with misdemeanor reckless driving, the Standard-Examiner reported. 

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