TEMPE, Arizona (CBS SF) – Uber has halted all of its self-driving car testing operations after one of its autonomous cars hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona early Monday. The pedestrian was reportedly killed in a crash involving a self-driving SUV operated by Uber near Phoenix early Monday morning. According to CBS affiliate KPHO-TV, a woman walking in a crosswalk was struck by the vehicle in the suburb of Tempe. Authorities said there was a person behind the wheel, but the vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash. “She was transported to a local area hospital where she passed away from her injuries,” Tempe police said. Police later identified the victim as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. “We in Tempe, our hearts go out to the family and friends of the pedestrian that was struck crossing the street,” said Tempe Police Sgt. Ronald Elcock. Monday afternoon, Tempe police released additional details in the deadly crash. The Uber employee behind the wheel was 44-year-old Rafael Vasquez. “Preliminary investigation showed that the vehicle was traveling at about 40 miles per hour,” said Sgt. Elcock. “Our investigation did not show at this time that there were significant signs of the vehicle… Read full this story
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