Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian, Police Say

Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking outside of a crosswalk when she was struck by the autonomous Uber vehicle just before 10 p.m. on Sunday. (Facebook)

Officials said an Arizona woman was killed after being struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle Sunday — an incident believed to be the first of its kind.

The accident in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe caused the company to suspend all testing of self-driving vehicles in cities across the country.

Tempe Police Sgt. Ronald Elcock told Fox News that Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking outside of a crosswalk when she was struck by the vehicle just before 10 p.m.

“The vehicle was traveling northbound just south of Curry Rd. when a female walking outside of the crosswalk crossed the road from west to east when she was struck by the Uber vehicle,” police said.

Herzberg was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died, according to police.

The self-driving Uber was in autonomous mode moving at a speed of 40 mph at the time of the collision, Elcock said at a news conference.

The driver, identified as 44-year-old Rafael Vasquez, has been cooperating in the investigation and was not found to have been impaired at the time of the accident, police said.

Uber said on Twitter the company is fully cooperating with local authorities as the investigation occurs, and told Fox News it has halted testing of the self-driving vehicles in cities across the country.

“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” Uber Comms tweeted. “We’re fully cooperating with @TempePolice and local authorities as they investigate this incident.”

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SOURCE: Fox News – Travis Fedschun