On Tuesday, the 5th of March 2019, prosecutors said that the Uber Technologies Inc. could not be held criminally responsible for a March 2018 fatal self-driving car crash in Arizona, that killed a pedestrian. In a court document later made public, the Yavapai County Attorney said that there had been “no basis” for charging Uber criminally, however, the conduct of the back-up driver, Rafael Vasquez, was referred to Temple police for further investigations.
Last year, the Temple Police said that Vasquez was streaming a TV show on a phone before the crash and called that self-driving car crash, that led to the murder of a pedestrian, “entirely avoidable”. According to a police report released last June, Vasquez could be charged with vehicular manslaughter, however, Vasquez had never made a public statement before and he was not available on Tuesday (March 5th) as well.
In Tuesday’s letter, the Yavapai County Attorney, Sheila Sullivan Polk said, “The collision video, as it displays, likely does not accurately depict the events that occurred. An “expert analysis” is needed 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. ”