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Tempe Police Chief Proclaims That Uber Isn’t to Blame for Fatal Autonomous Car Crash

In the wake of the Uber crash in Tempe, Arizona which took the life of 46-year old Elaine Herzberg on Sunday, Police Chief of Tempe, Sylvia Moir stated to the San Francisco Chronicle that,

I suspect preliminarily it appears that the Uber would likely not be at fault in this accident. I won’t rule out the potential to file charges against the [backup driver] in the Uber vehicle.

Herzberg was crossing the street and pushing a bicycle when she was hit by a self-driving Uber vehicle nearby Mill Avenue and Curry Road. The victim died at the hospital due to her injuries.

The autonomous car was going 38 miles per hour.

Moir claimed that,

It’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode [autonomous or human-driven] based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway.

The Tempe Police Chief’s thoughts on the accident have been called distasteful by supporters of safer streets.

The Tempe police is working with the US National Traffic Safety Board during this investigation. Also, the attorney for Maricopa County is being held accountable for pressing charges when the police department is finish with the investigation.

Moir also place blame on the deceased victim with this questionable comment: “It is dangerous to cross roadways in the evening hour when well-illuminated, managed crosswalks are available.”

But a Twitter user, EricPaulDennis shutdown that statement.

Tempe Police is scheduled to do a press conference to issue out any news about the investigation on Tuesday.

[via The Verge]

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