[below is for historical purposes; please visit the main consolidated page at uber-involved-pedestrian-fatality. The driver was finally charged in Sept 2020]
Tempe Police’s report on the March 2018 Uber-involved pedestrian fatality has been released, 318 pages(!) it was reported on 6/22/2018 from various news organizations. It would be good if all serious and fatal traffic crashes were investigated so thoroughly.
The crash of an Uber self-driving car that killed an Arizona woman in March was “entirely avoidable,” according to police reports released by the Tempe Police Department. Cellphone data obtained by police suggests that the Uber operator was also streaming an episode of reality show The Voice at the time of the fatal incident. — gizmodo.com
The Yavapai County Attorney’s office is still deciding as mentioned in a 6/22/2018 news story if watching TV while supposedly driving constitutes a crime such as negligent homicide or manslaughter. Note that the Yuma County Attorney brought manslaughter charges, and a jury convicted of him of negligent homicide, against a truck driver who was distracted by facebook.
§13-1102 Negligent Homicide / Felony class 4 / Criminal Negligence..
” ‘Criminal negligence’ means… that a person fails to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk… of such nature and degree that the failure to perceive it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in the situation. §13-105(9)(d)
Background and details on the Uber crash are here.
I haven’t yet seen the 318 page!) report yet, but @safeselfdrive, a CA lawyer specializing in AV, posted a bunch of tidbits beginning with this one all day the 22nd; the redactions are interesting/curious. He also mentions/claims: “Carpenter-crossover: when Tempe PD could not locate Vasquez in the days after the collision, it obtained a warrant for cell location, including use of an IMSI-catcher, based on a showing of probable cause for vehicular manslaughter.” Carpenter is a very recent cellphone-records / 4th amendment case.