Negligent Homicide Charges Filed In Tempe Self-Driving Uber Death
The driver at the helm of an autonomous Uber vehicle has been indicted over a fatal collision in 2018 in Tempe.
Rafaela Vasquez was the backup driver for a self-driving Uber SUV when the vehicle — which was in autonomous mode — struck a 49-year-old woman walking a bicycle across Mill Avenue.
The vehicle was going about 40 miles per hour.
A grand jury has now indicted Vasquez on one count of negligent homicide. She pleaded not guilty and will be released with ankle monitoring.
A report by the National Transportation Safety Board found that a number of factors contributed to the crash, including distracted driving and inadequate oversight of driverless cars.