Uber Found Not Criminally Liable In Fatal 2018 Self-Driving Car Accident

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So prosecutors referred the case to Yavapai County to avoid any potential for a conflict of interest.

Per Quartz, Yavapai County attorney Sheila Sullivan Polk-the official handling the investigation after the Maricopa County attorney's office recused itself for having coordinated an anti-drunk driving campaign with Uber-wrote in a brief letter dated March 4th that her office had found "no basis for criminal liability for the Uber corporation". But video footage from inside the SUV showed she was distracted at the time and investigators later said she was watching an episode of "The Voice" on her phone at the time of the accident.

This image made from video Sunday, March 18, 2018, of a mounted camera provided by the Tempe Police Department shows an exterior view moments before an Uber SUV hit a woman in Tempe, Ariz.

She looked up a half-second before hitting Elaine Herzberg, 49, who died from her injuries, with police labelling the incident "entirely avoidable".

Prosecutors' decision not to pursue criminal charges removes one potential headache for the ride-hailing company as the company's executives try to resolve a long list of federal investigations, lawsuits and other legal risks ahead of a hotly anticipated initial public offering this year.

The death raised questions about the safety of computer-controlled cars being built by Uber and dozens of other companies, including Google spin-off Waymo.

"This Office has concluded that the collision video, as it displays, likely does not accurately depict the events that occurred".

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"In order to successfully charge the driver, we've got to be able to match that video to exactly what was happening at the time the collision occurred". It shows the woman appearing from the dark just before impact.

Miller wrote that, after one November 2017 incident, he felt a significant accident report was not receiving enough attention.

Following the crash, authorities in Arizona suspended Uber's ability to test self-driving cars on the state's public roads.

Polk wrote that the objective of a new expert analysis should be "to closely match what (and when) the person sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle would or should have seen that night given the vehicle's speed, lighting conditions, and other relevant factors". Uber lost approximately $3.3 billion past year, Reuters added, and investors looking to buy into its forthcoming initial public offering (which it hopes will reach $120 billion) may view the self-driving programme's massive budget sceptically.

Smith says he hopes the NTSB's final report on the crash will illuminate more the crash.

Herzberg's family in February filed a $10 million complaint against Tempe for allegedly failing to make the area of the accident safe for pedestrians. Calls left late Tuesday afternoon at the offices of Polk and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery weren't immediately returned.

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