Man hit by SUV while playing live Frogger
December 31st, 2010
07:35 AM ET

Man hit by SUV while playing live Frogger

A man in Clemson, South Carolina, had to be hospitalized after he was hit by an SUV while playing a live version of an arcade game, CNN affiliate WYFF reports.

The 23-year-old man and some friends were acting out the video game Frogger, in which players try to send frogs across a busy highway without getting run over.

Police said the man, whose name was not released, yelled "Go!" and darted into traffic, where he was struck by a 2010 Lexus SUV.

He was treated at a local hospital and released. He is not a Clemson University student, police noted. Neither he nor the SUV driver was charged, police told WYFF.

London's Daily Mail Online compared the incident to an episode of "Seinfeld" in which George Costanza tries to move a video game across a busy street.

The photo above is a screen shot of Konami's Frogger game, which was released in 1981.

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  1. phil

    Evol...true. Generally speaking of course.

    December 31, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kevin Kunkel

    Darwin was right.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobby jonz

    Would have been sweet if he made it

    December 31, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. donna

    Yawn. Wake me up when someone gets hurt recreating Space Invaders against incoming aliens.

    December 31, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stan

    Whats his next trick? Playing Russian roulet with 5 bullets?

    December 31, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Truth

    Pedestrians DO NOT always have the right of way. Read the Federal and state codes. Peds have the right of way crossing the street when they are half way through a travel lane and do not impede vehicular traffic. Nowhere does it say a ped can jump out in oncoming traffic, that's just stupid. He should have been received a violation and taken to a mental hospital.

    December 31, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      In reply to "@The Truth" , While your comment may seem logical, it is full of error. While pedestrians do have the right away in intersections, they also have the right of life whenever they are in the path of a vehicle.
      While it is stupid for a grown man to run into a street, he still has the right of life. A vehicle should stop for him.
      Similarly, if a child runs into a street, one would expect a vehicle to stop for them.

      If you can not see a person running towards you, or a person with the potential to then you should not be driving.
      If you can not see a child running towards you, or a child standing on the side of the road then you should not be driving.

      If the sun is in your eyes, stop. If there is a person near the side of the road, slow down.
      If you can not control your vehicle then do not drive.

      But your correct, a pedestrian on a road that has a sign no pedestrians, does not have the right of way. They do however still have the right to live.

      Curiously, on a bicycle path how many times do you see a bicyclist run over a pedestrian?

      December 31, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Truth

    Let's say the driver was doing 45 mph, that's 66.15 feet per second. The perception and reaction time is 1-sec each. The math after that isn't that tough.

    December 31, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. froger ohh yaaa

    Well what can you say first lmao then game over but realy he is a special breed with out da like him we would all be board and thaks to ths fool we all get to to bask in the glory knowing he is not are family what would are parent say if we did this probaly somthing like red forman said to eric forman on that 70's show dumb a$$

    December 31, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ainokea

    ...this dude will always be branded as the "village idiot". He should get mobbed by mentally retarded kids...I can picture it now, this dude just getting his ass kicked by "special" kids....

    December 31, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ainokea

    ...have to admit it though, this dude's action is classic...it makes one think, if he's dumb enough to actually do this what will he do next? Play chicken with a 18-Wheeler...let's all dare him and see if he's willing to do it...

    December 31, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ainokea

    I can't believe this story even got posted. News MUST be really slow....never mind about covering the news about the severe weather in the East Coast or the flooding in the West Coast or the bombings in Iraq...let's cover this 23-year old man playing "frogger"...

    December 31, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ainokea

    Idiotic action should not get an intellectual response. I know everybody gots some awesome joke to say about this story...let the jokes begin!

    December 31, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. FM

    Damn video games! Look what they are doing now!!

    Weeding out the weakminded.

    December 31, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ainokea

    ...I told this dude not to drink the bong water but did he listen? Nope! He became a speed bump on the freeway..

    December 31, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ainokea

    *beep-beep*...the driver in the SUV asked his wife, "Damn Honey, was that a deer I just hit?"...and the wife replied, "No, that was a monkey trying to cross the road."

    December 31, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
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