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Phoenix, AZ (September 15, 2020) – Officers with the Phoenix Police Department are searching for a driver who hit a man who was crossing the street and then fled from the scene of the accident late Monday night.

Per reports from officers dispatched to the scene, the wreck happened around 10:15 p.m. near 43rd Avenue and Thomas Road. Police said that the victim was crossing 42nd Avenue mid-block when a dark-colored SUV hit him. The driver of the SUV did not stop and left the scene.

The pedestrian, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital via ambulance in critical condition. He is expected to survive but sustained serious injuries. Police are reviewing nearby surveillance footage to identify the driver but have asked anyone with information to contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers were asked to call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).

The Phoenix Police Department’s investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family in hopes of a full recovery.

Hit-and-Run Accidents in Arizona

Phoenix, AZ - Pedestrian Struck in Hit-and-Run Accident at Thomas & 43rd AveData released by the Arizona Department of Transportation recently show that nearly 130,000 crashes occurred throughout the state last year. Of those wrecks, several hundred were fatal hit-and-run accidents. In fact, the greater Phoenix area claims one of the highest rates of these deadly accidents, and other major thoroughfares in Arizona are also subject to an increased number of hit-and-run accidents.

More than any other type of collision, these hit-and-run accidents cause emotional distress, long-term physical problems, issues with insurance companies, and even lost wages or fatal consequences for victims. However, victims and their families can seek help from an Arizona personal injury lawyer and learn more about safeguarding their legal rights after a crash.

At ELG, when we represent a client and an adverse insurance company asks us to allow for a recorded statement from our client, 99% of the time the answer is a definitive no! Our recommendation is to tell them you will seek out counsel first, then call us at ELG Accident Attorneys.

We will gladly review the facts of your case and tailor our advice to match the specific needs of your case.  Every consultation is free and there is no obligation to retain us. So at worst, you get free advice. Plus, we don’t cut corners and use intake specialists or a non-attorney to talk or meet with you. We guarantee your consultation will be with one of our experienced injury attorneys that only handle accident matters, so you and your family can feel confident and rest assured that we will answer all your questions.

ELG’s Phoenix car accident attorneys have years of experience and knowledge when it comes to fighting for victims and their families after they’ve suffered in a crash that occurred through no fault of their own.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact our accident attorneys in Arizona today at (623) 877-3600 to schedule your free consultation. Our compassionate attorneys are ready to help you get the justice and fair compensation you deserve after you’ve suffered due to the negligence of another driver.

Note: As a result of the secondary sources that were used to complete this post, the information included within has not been independently verified by our own staff and may include misinformation. If you read something that, to your knowledge, is incorrect, please contact us as soon as possible and we will correct the inaccuracy.

Disclaimer: As members of the local Phoenix and broader Arizona community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal advice, and you should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation.

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Seven people were seriously injured when a man driving a pickup truck plowed into cyclists at a bike race in Show Low, Ariz., the police said. The driver was then shot and wounded by the police.

The driver of a pickup truck hit a group of cyclists at a bicycle race in Show Low, Ariz., on Saturday, seriously injuring seven people before the driver fled and was shot by the police, the authorities said.

The driver of the truck, a black Ford Super Duty, struck the bicyclists during Bike the Bluff, a benefit race, at about 7:25 a.m. local time, the police said.

Officers tried to stop the driver, which “ultimately led to the suspect being shot,” about a mile and a half away, Navajo County Emergency Management and Preparedness said in a statement.

The driver, a 35-year-old man who the authorities said lived in the area, was in stable condition on Sunday morning, the agency said.

Seven people were taken to four hospitals in Arizona and New Mexico. Six were in critical condition and one was in stable condition, the police said on Sunday. One of the injured cyclists was flown to a hospital from the crash scene. Two or three of the victims walked into the hospital, the police said.

“Our community is shocked at this incident, and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families at this time,” the county emergency management agency said.

Tony Quinones, 55, of Santa Fe, N.M., said he had been riding for about six minutes with other cyclists ages 55 and over when a black pickup that had been driving in the opposite direction crossed over three lanes and headed toward the cyclists.

He assumed the driver was turning into a parking lot.

Instead, he said, the driver plowed directly into the cyclists who had been ahead of Mr. Quinones in what he described as a targeted attack.

“I don’t know who the heck this guy is, or what his motive was,” Mr. Quinones said in an interview on Saturday. “But he intentionally did not go left into a parking lot. He drove his truck directly and intentionally into our group, and you could hear him accelerate until he hit that telephone pole.”

He said he had seen bikes and bodies flying.

After the driver hit a utility pole, he said, cyclists ran up to the truck and started pounding on the windows, screaming at the driver to get out.

But rather than stop, the driver hit the accelerator and backed out, drove down the road, made a U-turn and then headed back toward the cyclists, he said.

Mr. Quinones said he had feared that the truck was going to hit cyclists again, but it sped past.

By that point, Mr. Quinones said, he had already called 911 and had seen a cyclist, with whom he had shaken hands only minutes earlier, on the ground, bleeding and badly injured.

Mike Godwin, who owns the Cycle Mania bike shop in Show Low with his wife, Carol, said he had been supporting the bikers at the start of the race when the driver struck riders in the men’s master class group.

The driver hit the riders in the first mile and a half of the racecourse, which follows a highway, he said.

Cars are allowed on the road with bikers during the race, he said. He said that he did not know who had been hit but that the crash had shaken the local cycling community.

“Everybody is pretty solemn and upset, understandably,” said Mr. Godwin, a sponsor of the race. “No one knows exactly what occurred.”

The crash and the shooting happened at the 13th annual Bike the Bluff race, which follows a 58-mile course through eastern Arizona. A race official referred questions to Show Low city officials.

Show Low is a city of about 11,000 people, roughly 180 miles northeast of Phoenix.

Alyssa Lukpat contributed reporting.

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Timothy Romanoski was killed on Friday evening in a motorcycle accident that occurred at 35th Avenue and Union Hills Drive in Phoenix. According to investigators, Mr. Romanoski was operating his motorcycle eastbound on Union Hills Drive when a vehicle turned left in front of him.

AMille Sanchez Phoenix Car Accident

A'Mille Sanchez Injured Following Serious Car Accident

Van O'Steen
January 6, 2020

An Infiniti SUV southbound on 43rd Avenue near Peoria Avenue caused a four-vehicle accident on Monday morning as students were arriving for class at North Pointe Preparatory School.  According to Phoenix Police accident investigators, Clint Rasho was traveling in the two-way left-hand turn lane of 43rd Avenue where two vehicles were stopped, waiting to turn left into a private drive.

Teenager in Critical Condition After Phoenix AZ Car Accident

Javier Solis Critical After Being Struck by Car While Saving Kids

James R. Harrison
January 2, 2020

A 16-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was struck by a car yesterday evening. According to investigators with the Phoenix Police Department, Javier Solis was among a group of children crossing the street at Central Avenue and Roeser Road inside a crosswalk. A Dodge Charger was executing a left turn and did not observe the children within the crosswalk.

Kaniesha Sutton Phoenix AZ Car Accident

Drunk Driver Blamed for Phoenix Car Accident that Killed Kaniesha Sutton

Jonathan V. O'Steen
January 1, 2020

Kaniesha Sutton was killed early this morning when the vehicle she was riding in crashed into a block fence. According to investigators with the Phoenix Police Department, Ms. Sutton was a passenger in a Nissan Pathfinder driven by Kelvin Allen. Mr. Allen was driving northbound on 16th Street near Roeser when he lost control of the SUV and crashed into the fence.

Jonathan Marroquin Car Accident Phoenix AZ

Jonathan Marroquin and Unborn Baby Killed, Others Injured in Accident

Jonathan V. O'Steen
December 26, 2019

An accident at 35th Avenue and Bell Road in Phoenix this morning has claimed the lives of Jonathan Marroquin and an unborn baby. The deadly accident occurred when the driver of a Ford Mustang turned in front of a Dodge vehicle at the intersection. The impact propelled the Dodge sedan onto the sidewalk, where it hit multiple pedestrians who had just exited a city bus at a bus stop.

Phoenix AZ

Woman Dies in North Phoenix Car Accident

Jonathan V. O'Steen
December 12, 2019

Phoenix Police were called to a single-vehicle car accident in an area located east of Interstate 17 and south of State Route 74 at Dove Valley Road and Sonoran Desert Drive this morning at about 7:00 a.m.

Phoenix AZ

Juana DeLaTorre Struck and Killed While Crossing Street in Phoenix Crosswalk

James R. Harrison
December 11, 2019

Juana DeLaTorre died of injuries she received when she was hit by a pickup truck as she crossed the street in a crosswalk yesterday.  Phoenix Police Department accident investigators report that the pickup turned left onto Thomas Road from 67th Avenue while the traffic signal was yellow. 

Phoenix AZ

Leticia Ochoa Killed in Phoenix Car Accident, Two Others Injured

Jonathan V. O'Steen
November 24, 2019

Leticia Ochoa has died as the result of injuries she received when the truck in which she was riding was hit by a speeding sedan on Thursday night. According to accident investigators, the driver of the sedan was speeding eastbound on Indian School Road when his car struck the pickup as the truck turned left onto 55th Avenue.

Karen Render Car Accident Phoenix AZ

Karen Render Killed in Head-on Accident on Grand Avenue in Phoenix

James R. Harrison
November 20, 2019

Karen Render died in a head-on collision on Grand Avenue near Missouri Avenue during Tuesday morning’s rush hour traffic. Accident investigators report that an unidentified 28-year-old woman who was 35 weeks pregnant lost control of her minivan when she hit a tire in the road.  The minivan crossed the median and struck an oncoming car driven by Ms. Render head-on.  Ms. Render was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cuauhtemoc Rodriguez Ibarra Motorcycle Accident Phoenix AZ

Woman Critically Injured in Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accident

Van O'Steen
November 18, 2019

A 19-year-old woman is in extremely critical condition following a hit-and-run accident on Sunday afternoon at Mohave Street and 7th Avenue.  Phoenix Police accident investigators report that a car driven by Cuauhtemoc Rodriguez Ibarra struck the motorcycle driven by an as-yet unidentified female.

Peyton Munger Accident

Goodyear Student Peyton Munger Killed in Tragic Accident

Jonathan V. O'Steen
November 18, 2019

Peyton Munger was crossing Indian School Road on his skateboard when he struck the rear of a school bus that was making a right turn off 144th Avenue. According to the Goodyear Police Department, the accident occurred Friday afternoon at about 4:00 p.m. in front of Western Sky Middle School where Peyton was an eighth-grader.  

Noah Clementson Motorcycle Accident Phoenix AZ

Noah Clementson Killed in Phoenix Motorcycle Accident

Van O'Steen
November 13, 2019

Noah Clementson died from injuries he received when his motorcycle was struck from behind on Loop 101 in Phoenix.  The collision threw Mr. Clementson onto the roadway where he was struck by two other vehicles as he attempted to crawl to safety.

Phoenix AZ

Woman in Wheelchair Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver in Phoenix

James R. Harrison
October 31, 2019

A woman in a wheelchair was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in west Phoenix early this morning.  The as-yet unidentified woman was crossing 43rd Avenue at Indian School Road when she was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on 43rd Avenue. 

Car Accident Avondale AZ

Three-Year-Old Seriously Injured in Avondale Car Accident

Van O'Steen
October 28, 2019

A three-year-old child was seriously injured when two cars collided in Avondale on Saturday night.  Deputies with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call at Avondale Boulevard and Broadway Road.

Alika Lyau-Goowin Josiah Gerona Car Accident Avondale AZ

Four Vehicle Accident Leaves Alika Lyau-Goowin Dead, Josiah Gerona Hospitalized

Jonathan V. O'Steen
October 24, 2019

One person is dead and another is in the hospital with serious injuries following a four-vehicle pileup in Avondale early Wednesday morning. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident occurred on MC-85 between El Mirage and Dysart Roads.  Seven people were involved.

Phoenix Arizona Car Accident

Road Rage Incident Leaves Man with Multiple Skull Fractures

Van O'Steen
September 26, 2019

An apparent incident of road rage on SR-51 left a man with multiple skull fractures and bleeding on the brain earlier this month.  Arizona Department of Public Safety accident investigators report that two drivers apparently engaged in an argument while driving on Indian School Road.  Both vehicles then entered SR-51. 

Phoenix Arizona Car Accident

Manual Araiza Killed in Pedestrian Accident in Phoenix

Van O'Steen
August 26, 2019

A pedestrian struck by a pickup truck on a north Phoenix street on Saturday night has died.  Manual Araiza, age 54, was walking along Bell Road when he was struck by a westbound 2009 Chevrolet Silverado truck near 21st Avenue.  He was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died. 

Edgar Ferral-Lopez Hit-and-Run Car Accident Phoenix AZ

Edgar Ferral-Lopez Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

Van O'Steen
July 14, 2019

Moments after hitting and killing a pedestrian, L.C. Jones ran a red light at 43rd Avenue and Osborn Road in Phoenix and collided with a vehicle driven by Edgar Ferral-Lopez and a second vehicle. Mr. Ferral-Lopez died as a result of the crash.

Nester Lopez Accident Phoenix AZ

Nester Lopez Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident in Phoenix

Van O'Steen
July 14, 2019

A quick trip to the corner store turned deadly after a 17-year-old pedestrian was struck by a hit-and-run driver Saturday night. Nester Lopez was crossing 43rd Avenue near Indian School Road when he was hit by a Lincoln Town Car allegedly driven by L.C. Jones III.  Phoenix Police Department accident investigators report that Jones was traveling south on 43rd Avenue in the center turn lane at a high rate of speed when the collision occurred.

Phoenix Arizona Car Accident

Steven Hoffman Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver While Walking on Sidewalk

Jonathan V. O'Steen
July 3, 2019

Phoenix Police are searching for the driver of a Ford Expedition who drove onto the sidewalk near Dunlap Road and 23rd Avenue and struck Steven Hoffman, Jr., leaving him dead at the scene.  The tragic incident occurred just after midnight on Tuesday.

Phoenix Firefighter Injured in Car Accident

Phoenix Firefighter Injured in Car Accident on I-10

Jonathan V. O'Steen
June 2, 2019

A firefighter with the Phoenix Fire Department was injured when the fire truck he occupied was struck at a high rate of speed on I-10 near the 67th Avenue exit in Phoenix.

Phoenix Arizona

Jesena Andony Killed in Phoenix Accident

Jonathan V. O'Steen
May 20, 2019

Jesena Andony was killed when she was hit by a car as she attempted to retrieve a cell phone that she dropped in the roadway. The accident occurred near 68th Place and Thomas Road in Phoenix early Saturday morning.

Phoenix Arizona

Sam Veazey Hit and Killed by Suspected Drunk Driver

Jonathan V. O'Steen
May 11, 2019

A pedestrian was hit and killed near 35th Avenue and Northern Avenue in Phoenix as he attempted to cross the street. According to accident investigators, Sam Veazey was crossing the street at around 9:00 p.m. when the driver of a Pontiac Montana van struck him.

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Arizona Bans all Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving

Van O'Steen
April 23, 2019

Arizona became the 48th state in the Union to ban the use of handheld cell phones and other portable wireless communication devices while operating a motor vehicle. Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill into law on Monday. Arizona always appears to come late to public safety regulation.

Stephanie Oros Car Accident Phoenix AZ

Stephanie Oros, Three Children Seriously Injured in Hit-and-Run Accident

Van O'Steen
April 8, 2019

Stephanie Oros and her three children were struck by a hit-and-run driver as they crossed the street on a trip home from the grocery store Friday evening.  Ms. Oros was pushing a stroller carrying 2-year-old Leyla, while her two boys, Jessiah and Prince, ages 5 and 3, walked beside her in the 7000 block of West Indian School Road. They were half-way across the street when they were struck by an as-yet unidentified man driving a small, four-door sedan.  

Litzi Robledo Tania Robledo-Muniz Car Accident Phoenix AZ

Litzi Robledo and Tania Robledo-Muniz Die Following Car Accident in Phoenix

Jonathan V. O'Steen
March 5, 2019

A car accident in west Phoenix claimed the lives of Tania Robledo-Muniz and her young daughter, Litzi Robledo. The two were in a sedan on Van Buren near 51st Avenue on Sunday evening when a pickup truck, reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed, crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic and collided with their car.

William Curran Motorcycle Accident

William Curran Killed in Motorcycle Accident in South Phoenix

Jonathan V. O'Steen
March 4, 2019

William Curran died as a result of injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident that occurred on Sunday evening. According to accident investigators, Mr. Curran was operating his motorcycle near 48th Street and Baseline Road when a vehicle driven by Thane Dennison turned left into the path of the motorcycle.

Phoenix Arizona Motorcycle Accident

Kevin Vazquez-Teran Killed in Phoenix Motorcycle Accident

Jonathan V. O'Steen
March 1, 2019

Kevin Vazquez-Teran was killed yesterday when a vehicle collided with his motorcycle at the intersection of 40th Street and Cactus Road in Phoenix. According to accident investigators, Mr. Vazquez-Teran was operating his motorcycle westbound on Cactus Road when the driver of a Nissan Altima turned left in front of him.

Phoenix Arizona Motorcycle Accident

Mercedes Durham Hit and Killed in Phoenix Crosswalk

Jonathan V. O'Steen
March 1, 2019

Mercedes Durham was hit and killed as she attempted to cross Butler Drive at 7th Street in a marked crosswalk. Accident investigators reported that Ms. Durham was crossing Butler Drive at the east crosswalk when she was struck by a Ford F-150 pickup truck that was attempting to turn right.

Phoenix Arizona

Keith Pounds, Jr. Killed in wrong-Way Accident on Southern Avenue

James R. Harrison
February 28, 2019

A wrong-way accident along Southern Avenue this morning claimed the life of Keith Pounds, Jr.  According to accident investigators with the Phoenix Police Department, Mr. Pounds was westbound in the 2400 block of west Southern Avenue when his 2002 Toyota SUV inexplicably crossed the center line into oncoming traffic.  His car struck an eastbound 2018 Nissan SUV head-on.

Phoenix Arizona

Pedestrian Struck and Killed in phoenix

James R. Harrison
February 18, 2019

Accident investigators with the Phoenix Police Department report that a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car on Sunday morning at the intersection of 63rd Avenue and Thomas Road.

Phoenix Arizona Car Accident

Marcellos Matthews Killed in Rollover Accident

Jonathan V. O'Steen
February 17, 2019

Marcellos Matthews died early this morning in a rollover accident near the I-10/I-17 stack in Phoenix. According to investigators with the Arizona DPS, Marcellos was a passenger in a car that was driving westbound on I-17 to transition to westbound I-10. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled before striking a tree.

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Head-On Collision Kills Joyce McNeil, James McNeil and Durrell Smith

Van O'Steen
February 12, 2019

Three people were killed in a head-on collision on Sunland Gin Road near Battaglia Drive on Monday afternoon.  According to Pinal County Sheriff’s Office accident investigators, Durrell Smith was southbound on Sunland Gin Road when his sedan drifted across the center line and struck a Ford SUV head-on. 

Roberto Manriquez Alexandria Mendez Accident Phoenix Arizona

Roberto Manriquez, Jr. and Alexandria Mendez Killed in Accident in Phoenix

Jonathan V. O'Steen
January 20, 2019

Roberto Manriquez, Jr. and Alexandria Mendez were killed on Friday afternoon when a semi-truck crossed the center line and collided with the Ford F-150 they occupied. Phoenix Police Department accident investigators report that the semi-truck was westbound on Buckeye Road when it swerved into oncoming traffic and struck the Ford F-150 pickup near 69th Avenue. 

Eric Ramakers Car Accident

Eric Ramakers of Phoenix Killed in Car Accident in Connecticut

Jonathan V. O'Steen
December 19, 2018

The front-seat passengers in each of two cars that collided head-on were killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 early Sunday morning.  Emergency responders included crews from three ambulance companies, three fire departments, two medical helicopters and Connecticut State Police.

Jennifer Vegtel Car Accident

Jennifer Vegtel and Logan Vegtel Killed in Car Accident on SR-51 in Phoenix

Jonathan V. O'Steen
December 11, 2018

Jennifer Vegtel and her 5-year-old son, Logan, were killed in a car accident during the Monday evening rush hour on SR-51 in Phoenix. DPS reports that a pickup truck driven by Edgar Ramos-Esteban was southbound on SR-51 at Highland Avenue when it smashed into the rear of the Vegtel vehicle.

Phoenix Arizona Car Accident

Gertrud Sieverd Killed While Crossing Street on Halloween Night

Van O'Steen
November 1, 2018

Gertrud Sieverd was struck and killed as she crossed a street in central Phoenix last night.  Phoenix Police accident investigators report that a car driven by an as-yet unidentified 36-year-old male was northbound on 7th Avenue at about 7:45 p.m. when he struck Ms. Sieverd as she crossed near Palm Lane. 

Phoenix Car Accident Paul Andrade

Paul Andrade Killed in Head-on Collision in Phoenix

Jonathan V. O'Steen
September 27, 2018

Paul Andrade died of injuries he received when another car struck the one in which he was riding late Wednesday night.  According to Phoenix Police accident investigators, at about 10:30 p.m., Jacqueline Sayre was traveling northbound on 16th Street in a 2016 Ford Fusion.  She crossed the center line near McKinley Street and collided head-on with a 2001 Hyundai Elantra traveling in the southbound curb lane with five occupants. 

Rock Springs Arizona Car Accident

Accident on Northbound I-17 Sends 13 People to Hospital

James R. Harrison
September 4, 2018

A crash involving seven vehicles sent more than a dozen people to hospitals on Sunday afternoon.  Northbound I-17 at Rock Springs was closed for almost two hours as officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety investigated the accident.

Phoenix Arizona Car Accident

Samuel Flores Struck and Killed by Unlicensed Teenage Driver

Jonathan V. O'Steen
August 13, 2018

Samuel Flores was struck and killed by an unlicensed teenage driver as he crossed a residential street in Phoenix on Sunday night.  The driver, a 17-year-old male, was eastbound on Atlanta Avenue near Seventh Avenue when the car accident occurred at about 8:00 p.m.

Phoenix Arizona Car Accident

Man Dies When Cars Veer Onto Phoenix Sidewalk

James R. Harrison
August 4, 2018

Two pedestrians were struck when two vehicles collided and jumped the curb onto a sidewalk.  The accident occurred Friday afternoon at 24th Street and Broadway Road in Phoenix.

Henry Rodriguez City of Phoenix Bus Accident

Henry Rodriguez Dies After Being Struck by Phoenix City Bus

Jonathan V. O'Steen
August 1, 2018

Henry Rodriguez was struck and killed by a City of Phoenix bus as he crossed a downtown street late this afternoon.  According to witnesses, Mr. Rodriguez was crossing 1st Avenue, from west to east at Van Buren Street, as the bus turned south onto First Avenue at about 4:20 p.m.  An officer with the Phoenix Police Department witnessed the accident.

Edgar Nunez Hernandez Car Accident Goodyear Arizona

Edgar NuÑez Hernandez Killed in Goodyear Car Accident

James R. Harrison
July 2, 2018

More than 100 people attended a vigil to celebrate the life of Edgar Nuñez-Hernandez, a 13-year-old student at Profirio H. Gonzales Elementary School who tragically was killed in a car accident in Goodyear.

Jesse Morales Car Accident Phoenix AZ

Jesse Morales Dies in Rollover Accident in Phoenix

Jonathan V. O'Steen
June 28, 2018

Jesse Morales has died from injuries he sustained in a rollover accident on Tuesday. According to accident investigators with the Phoenix Phoenix Department, Mr. Morales was a passenger in a Chrysler van that was traveling near 51st Avenue and the I-10. The Chrysler van was struck by a Dodge Ram that was exiting the freeway.

Martin Jones Accident Phoenix AZ

Melvin Self Killed in Construction Site Accident at Sky Harbor

Van O'Steen
May 24, 2018

Melvin Self was killed when the drilling rig he was operating toppled onto its side as the walls of a newly excavated hole collapsed.  The tragic accident occurred on Monday at about 9:30 a.m. at a construction site for the PHX Sky Train at the west end of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Phoenix Arizona Car Accident

Pedestrian Killed in West Phoenix Accident Caused by Drunk Driver

James R. Harrison
May 17, 2018

An alleged drunk driver crossed the center line of northbound El Mirage Road near Maryvale Drive and struck a pedestrian who was walking alongside the road on Tuesday night.  Phoenix Police pronounced the unidentified man deceased at the scene.

Martin Jones Accident Phoenix AZ

Suspected Drunk Driver Hits and Kills Martin Jones

Van O'Steen
May 14, 2018

A pedestrian was hit and killed as he attempted to cross the street near 43rd Avenue and Missouri on Saturday evening. According to accident investigators with the Phoenix Police Department, Martin Jones died after being struck by an SUV. Police believe that the driver of the SUV was under the influence of alcohol awt the time of the crash.

Phoenix Arizona

Robert Melvin Killed While Crossing Street in Central Phoenix

Jonathan V. O'Steen
April 8, 2018

Robert Melvin was struck by a car as he crossed the street just east of the intersection of 16th Street and Highland Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The car’s driver fled the scene.

Star Valley Arizona Car Accident

Coca Cola Truck Sideswipes Jeep, Smashes Into Motorhome in Star Valley

Van O'Steen
April 8, 2018

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a Coca-Cola pickup truck heading into Star Valley crossed the centerline on SR-260 and sideswiped a Jeep Wrangler.  The pickup then smashed into a 32-foot motorhome that was behind the Jeep.  The Jeep and motorhome were traveling together, with the family’s wife driving the Jeep while the husband drove the motorhome in which their 21-year-old daughter was a passenger.

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Taylor White Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident While Jogging

Jonathan V. O'Steen
April 9, 2018

A Grand Canyon University student whose wedding was just two weeks away was killed by a hit-and-run driver while jogging on Sunday night.  Taylor White was jogging with a friend southbound on 31st Avenue at about 8:20 p.m.  The two runners entered a crosswalk at the intersection with Camelback Road on a green light.  Cross traffic was stopped waiting for the red light to change.

Phoenix Arizona

George Hatch Killed While Crossing Phoenix Street in Wheelchair

Van O'Steen
March 19, 2018

George Hatch was killed on Friday as he attempted to cross 19th Avenue near Sunnydale Avenue. According to the Phoenix Police Department, Mr. Hatch was in a wheelchair and attempting to cross the street when he was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Fountain Hills Pedestrian Accident

Third Person Dies of Injuries from Accident in Fountain Hills

Jonathan V. O'Steen
March 14, 2018

A third person has died from injuries received in an accident when an SUV jumped a curb in Fountain Hills and struck four pedestrians on Tuesday morning.  Two men and two women, believed to be in their 50s and 60s, were standing on the corner of Palisades and Saguaro Boulevards when the tragic accident occurred. 

Fountain Hills Pedestrian Accident

Four Pedestrians Struck in Fountain Hills, Two Dead

Jonathan V. O'Steen
March 13, 2018

An accident in Fountain Hills this morning left two people dead and two severely injured. An SUV struck four pedestrians near Saguaro and Palisades Boulevards.  According to Rural Metro Fire Department, two people were pronounced dead at the scene.  The other two were transported to a local hospital.

Phoenix Arizona

Makinzie Johnson Killed in Tragic Accident

Jonathan V. O'Steen
March 5, 2018

Makinzie Johnson died in an accident at a Motel 6 near Interstate 17 in north Phoenix on Friday night.  The young girl left her motel room and was struck by the rear side of a tour bus that was moving through the hotel parking lot.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Noah Perry Phoenix Car Accident

Noah Perry, Age 3, Killed in Phoenix Car Accident

Jonathan V. O'Steen
February 14, 2018

Noah Perry, age 3, has been identified as the young boy killed in a car accident on Monday night. According to accident investigators with the Phoenix Police Department, Noah was a passenger in an SUV that collided with another vehicle.

Phoenix Arizona

Santiago Maya Cruz Dies of Injuries Received in Taxi Accident

Jonathan V. O'Steen
February 12, 2018

Santiago Maya Cruz died of injuries he sustained when the taxi he was driving was struck by another car and rolled last Tuesday.  Blaze Franklin was driving east on Thomas Road shortly before midnight when he turned left onto 57th Avenue in front of the taxi Mr. Cruz was driving. The impact caused the taxi to roll onto its roof.

Josephine Saldana Phoenix Car Accident

Josephine Saldana Killed in Phoenix Car Accident

Jonathan V. O'Steen
February 9, 2018

Josephine Saldana has been identified as one of the two victims who died in a car accident at the intersection of 67th Avenue and Thomas Road on Wednesday morning.

Patricia Moore Phoenix Car Accident

Patricia Moore Killed While Crossing Street in South Phoenix

James R. Harrison
January 18, 2018

Patricia Moore was killed Wednesday night when she was struck by a vehicle as she was crossing the street near Broadway Road and 20th Street.  Phoenix Fire Department responders pronounced Ms. Moore dead at the scene of the accident.

Gila Bend Arizona Car Accident

Two Children Injured in Head-On Collision in Gila Bend

Van O'Steen
January 16, 2018

Two children were air evac'd to a hospital following a head-on collision in Gila Bend on Tuesday evening. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office accident investigators report that a driver who attempted to pass a semi-truck on a dirt road collided head-on with a vehicle traveling in the opposite lane of traffic.

Buckeye Arizona

Patrick Gonzalez and Son Found Inside Truck Submerged in Canal

James R. Harrison
January 3, 2018

The bodies of Patrick Gonzalez, and his 14-year-old son were found inside their truck which was submerged in a canal in a far southwestern part of the valley.  Agriculture workers discovered the capsized pickup near Agua Caliente Road and Old U.S. 80 in Arlington, which is just west of Buckeye and about 40 miles west of Phoenix. 

Phoenix AZ

Jessie Lindsey Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Phoenix

Jonathan V. O'Steen
December 27, 2017

Jessie Lindsey was struck and killed near 15th Avenue and Peoria Avenue in north Phoenix on Monday. According to accident investigators with the Phoenix Police Department, the driver of a 2011 Dodge Charger struck and killed Ms. Lindsey before fleeing the scene.

Sunset Point Arizona

Rollover Crash Near Sunset Point Injures Seven

Jonathan V. O'Steen
December 26, 2017

Seven people sustained injuries in a rollover crash on Monday that occurred on I-17 near the Sunset Point rest area. Some of the injuries have been described as serious.

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Phoenix Police identify man killed in hit-and-run on Sept. 27

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PHOENIX - Police are investigating a hit and run after a man was struck by a vehicle in west Phoenix.

According to police, the collision happened just before 6 a.m. on Sept. 27 near 83rd Avenue and Camelback Road.

Officers responded to the area and found the victim who was pronounced dead at the scene. He's identified as 29-year-old Michael James Brooke.

"There were no involved vehicles that remained on scene," said Sgt. Ann Justus.

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Death of Elaine Herzberg

First pedestrian fatality caused by self-driving car

Elaine Herzberg

Born

Elaine Marie Wood


(1968-08-02)August 2, 1968

Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.[1]

DiedMarch 18, 2018(2018-03-18) (aged 49)

Tempe, Arizona, U.S.

Burial placePhoenix, Arizona[1]
NationalityAmerican
EducationApache Junction High School, Apache Junction, Arizona[1]
Known forFirst pedestrian to be killed by a self-driving car
Spouse(s)Mike Herzberg (until his death); Rolf Erich Ziemann (until Elaine's death)[1]

The death of Elaine Herzberg (August 2, 1968 – March 18, 2018) was the first recorded case of a pedestrian fatality involving a self-driving car, after a collision that occurred late in the evening of March 18, 2018. Herzberg was pushing a bicycle across a four-lane road in Tempe, Arizona, United States, when she was struck by an Uber test vehicle, which was operating in self-drive mode with a human safety backup driver sitting in the driving seat. Herzberg was taken to the local hospital where she died of her injuries.[2][3][4]

Following the fatal incident, Uber suspended testing of self-driving vehicles in Arizona,[5] where such testing had been sanctioned since August 2016.[6] Uber chose not to renew its permit for testing self-driving vehicles in California when it expired at the end of March 2018.[7]

Herzberg was the first pedestrian killed by a self-driving car;[8][9] a driver had been killed by a semi-autonomous car almost two years earlier.[10] She was not killed by an autonomous car (SAE level 4) because that car required a safety driver with a valid driver's license for operation and had not been cleared to operate without someone watching it[citation needed]. A reporter for The Washington Post compared Herzberg's fate with that of Bridget Driscoll who, in the United Kingdom in 1896, was the first pedestrian to be killed by an automobile.[11] The Arizona incident has magnified the importance of collision avoidance systems for self-driving vehicles.[12]

Collision summary[edit]

Herzberg was crossing Mill Avenue (North) from west to east, approximately 360 feet (110 m) south of the intersection with Curry Road, outside the designated pedestrian crosswalk,[13][14] close to the Red Mountain Freeway. She was pushing a bicycle laden with shopping bags,[2] and had crossed at least two lanes of traffic when she was struck[5] at approximately 9:58 pm MST (UTC−07:00)[13] by a prototype Uber self-driving car based on a Volvo XC90, which was traveling north on Mill.[15][16] The vehicle had been operating in autonomous mode[17] since 9:39 pm, nineteen minutes before it struck and killed Herzberg.[13] The car's human safety backup driver, Ms. Rafaela Vasquez,[2] did not intervene in time to prevent the collision.[18] Vehicle telemetry obtained after the crash showed that the human operator responded by moving the steering wheel less than a second before impact, and she engaged the brakes less than a second after impact.[13]

Cause investigation[edit]

The self-driving Uber Volvo XC90involved in the collision, with damage on the right front side

The county district attorney's office recused itself from the investigation, due to a prior joint partnership with Uber promoting their services as an alternative to driving under the influence of alcohol.[19]

Accounts of the crash have been conflicting in terms of the speed limit at the place of the accident.[20][21] According to Tempe police the car was traveling in a 35 mph (56 km/h) zone, but this is contradicted by a posted speed limit of 45 mph (72 km/h).[22]

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent a team of federal investigators to gather data from vehicle instruments, and to examine vehicle condition along with the actions taken by the safety driver.[23] Their preliminary findings were substantiated by multiple event data recorders and proved the vehicle was traveling 43 miles per hour (69 km/h) when Herzberg was first detected 6 seconds (378 feet (115 m)) before impact; during 4.7 seconds the self driving system did not infer that emergency braking was needed.[13] A vehicle traveling 43 mph (69 km/h) can generally stop within 89 feet (27 m) once the brakes are applied.[24] The machine needed to be 1.3 seconds (82 feet (25 m)) away prior to discerning that emergency braking was required, whereas at least that much distance was required to stop.[25] The system failed to behave properly.[13][26][27][28][29][30] A total stopping distance of 76 feet itself would imply a safe speed under 25 mph (40 km/h).[31] Human intervention was still legally required. Computer perception–reaction time would have been a speed limiting factor had the technology been superior to humans in ambiguous situations;[32] however, the nascent computerized braking technology was disabled the day of the crash, and the machine's apparent 4.7-second perception–reaction (alarm) time[13] allowed the car to travel 250 feet (76 m). Video released by the police on March 21 showed the safety driver was not watching the road moments before the vehicle struck Herzberg.[3][33]

Environment[edit]

Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir was quoted stating the collision was "unavoidable" based on the initial police investigation, which included a review of the video captured by an onboard camera.[34] Moir faulted Herzberg for crossing the road in an unsafe manner: "It is dangerous to cross roadways in the evening hour when well-illuminated, managed crosswalks are available."[35] According to Uber, safety drivers were trained to keep their hands very close to the wheel all the time while driving the vehicle so they were ready to quickly take control if necessary.[36]

The driver said it was like a flash, the person walked out in front of them. His [sic] first alert to the collision was the sound of the collision. [...] it's very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway.

— Chief Sylvia Moir, Tempe Police, San Francisco Chronicle interview, March 19, 2018[35]

Facing north; Mill Avenue runs from the top left corner to the bottom right corner (north–south).

Facing southwest; ornamental brick-lined median dividing Mill Avenue

Tempe police released video on March 21 showing footage recorded by two onboard cameras: one forward-looking, and one capturing the safety driver's actions. The forward-facing video shows that the self-driving car was traveling in the far right lane when it struck Herzberg. The driver-facing video shows the safety driver was looking down prior to the collision.[5] The Uber operator is responsible for intervening and taking manual control when necessary as well as for monitoring diagnostic messages, which are displayed on a screen in the center console. In an interview conducted after the crash with NTSB, the driver stated she was monitoring the center stack at the time of the collision.[13]

After the Uber video was released, journalist Carolyn Said noted the police explanation of Herzberg's path meant she had already crossed two lanes of traffic before she was struck by the autonomous vehicle.[5] The Marquee Theatre and Tempe Town Lake are west of Mill Avenue, and pedestrians commonly cross mid-street without detouring north to the crosswalk at Curry.[16] According to reporting by the Phoenix New Times, Mill Avenue contains what appears to be a brick-paved path in the median between the northbound and southbound lanes;[16] however, posted signs prohibit pedestrians from crossing in that location.[37] When the second of the Mill Avenue bridges over the town lake was added in 1994 for northbound traffic, the X-shaped crossover in the median was installed to accommodate the potential closing of one of the two road bridges. The purpose of this brick-paved structure is purely to divert cars from one side to the other if a bridge is closed to traffic, and although it may look like a crosswalk for pedestrians, it is in fact a temporary roadway with vertical curbs and warning signs.

Software issues[edit]

Michael Ramsey, a self-driving car expert with Gartner, characterized the video as showing "a complete failure of the system to recognize an obviously seen person who is visible for quite some distance in the frame. Uber has some serious explaining to do about why this person wasn't seen and why the system didn't engage."[5]

James Arrowood, a lawyer specializing in driverless cars in Arizona, speculated that if the sensors were unable to determine it was a person they were detecting due to Herzberg walking her bicycle across the street, with the bicycle's metal parts between her and the sensors and thus the sensors interpreted her presence as that of another vehicle that was moving out of its right of way, the software may have decided to proceed after assuming that [the 'vehicle] Herzberg would yield the right of way.[18] However, the context to his connecting statement in the footnoted article was left out of that article, as evidenced by the singular use of the word 'decided' rather than the entire statement, in the prefatory sentence in the article. Arizona law (ARS 28-793)[38] states that pedestrians crossing the street outside a crosswalk shall yield to cars but it was not Arrowood's intent to suggest that the sensors would presume a person had to move rather than the vehicle needing to brake, rather, the statement's full context was that the driverless vehicle's sensors might not have recognized her as a person due to the interference from the bicycle. [39][16] Per Arrowood, "The computer makes a decision. It says, 'Hey, there is this object moving 10 or 15 feet to left of me, do I move or not?' It (could be) programmed, I have a right of way, on the assumption that whatever is moving [presumably another vehicle] will yield the right of way."[18] The NTSB preliminary report, however, noted that the software did order the car to brake 1.3 seconds before the collision.

A video shot from the vehicle's dashboard camera showed the safety driver looking down, away from the road. It also appeared that the driver's hands were not hovering above the steering wheel, which is what drivers are instructed to do so they can quickly retake control of the car. Uber moved from two employees in every car to one. The paired employees had been splitting duties: one ready to take over if the autonomous system failed, and another to keep an eye on what the computers were detecting. The second person was responsible for keeping track of system performance as well as labeling data on a laptop computer. Mr. Kallman, the Uber spokesman, said the second person was in the car for purely data related tasks, not safety. When Uber moved to a single operator, some employees expressed safety concerns to managers, according to the two people familiar with Uber's operations. They were worried that going solo would make it harder to remain alert during hours of monotonous driving.

Playback of self-driving system data at 1.3 seconds before impact. Distances shown in meters.

The recorded telemetry showed the system had detected Herzberg six seconds before the crash, and classified her first as an unknown object, then as a vehicle, and finally as a bicycle, each of which had a different predicted path according to the autonomy logic. 1.3 seconds prior to the impact, the system determined that emergency braking was required, which is normally performed by the vehicle operator. However, the system was not designed to alert the operator, and did not make an emergency stop on its own accord, as "emergency braking maneuvers are not enabled while the vehicle is under computer control, to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior", according to NTSB.[13]

Sensor issues[edit]

Brad Templeton, who provided consulting for autonomous driving competitor Waymo, noted the car was equipped with advanced sensors, including radar and LiDAR, which would not have been affected by the darkness. Templeton stated "I know the [sensor] technology is better than that, so I do feel that it must be Uber's failure."[5] Arrowood also recognized potential sensor issues: "Really what we are going to ask is, at what point should or could those sensors recognize the movement off to the left. Presumably she was somewhere in the darkness."[18]

In a press event conducted by Uber in Tempe in 2017, safety drivers touted the sensor technology, saying they were effective at anticipating jaywalkers, especially in the darkness, stopping the autonomous vehicles before the safety driver can even see pedestrians. However, manual intervention by the safety drivers was required to avoid a collision with another vehicle on at least one instance with a reporter from The Arizona Republic riding along.[40]

Uber announced they would replace their Ford Fusion-based self-driving fleet with cars based on the Volvo XC90 in August 2016; the XC90s sold to Uber would be prepared to receive Uber's vehicle control hardware and software, but would not include any of Volvo's own advanced driver-assistance systems.[41] Uber characterized the sensor suite attached to the Fusion as the "desktop" model, and the one attached to the XC90 as the "laptop", hoping to develop the "smartphone" soon.[42] According to Uber, the suite for the XC90 was developed in approximately four months.[43] The XC90 as modified by Uber included a single roof-mounted LiDAR sensor and 10 radar sensors, providing 360° coverage around the vehicle. In comparison, the Fusion had seven LiDAR sensors (including one mounted on the roof) and seven radar sensors. According to Velodyne, the supplier of Uber's LiDAR, the single roof-mounted LiDAR sensor has a narrow vertical range that prevents it from detecting obstacles low to the ground, creating a blind spot around the vehicle. Marta Hall, the president of Velodyne commented "If you're going to avoid pedestrians, you're going to need to have a side lidar to see those pedestrians and avoid them, especially at night." However, the augmented radar sensor suite would be able to detect obstacles in the LiDAR blind spot.[44]

Distraction[edit]

On Thursday, June 21, the Tempe Police Department released a detailed report along with media captured after the collision, including an audio recording of the 911 call made by the safety driver, Rafaela Vasquez and an initial on-scene interview with a responding officer, captured by body worn video. After the crash, police obtained search warrants for Vasquez's cellphones as well as records from the video streaming services Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu. The investigation concluded that because the data showed she was streaming The Voice over Hulu at the time of the collision, and the driver-facing camera in the Volvo showed "her face appears to react and show a smirk or laugh at various points during the time she is looking down", Vasquez may have been distracted from her primary job of monitoring road and vehicle conditions.[45] Tempe police concluded the crash was "entirely avoidable"[46] and faulted Vasquez for her "disregard for assigned job function to intervene in a hazardous situation".[45]

Records indicate that streaming began at 9:16 pm and ended at 9:59 pm. Based on an examination of the video captured by the driver-facing camera, Vasquez was looking down toward her right knee 166 times for a total of 6 minutes, 47 seconds[45] during the 21 minutes, 48 seconds preceding the crash.[47] Just prior to the crash, Vasquez was looking at her lap for 5.3 seconds; she looked up half a second before the impact.[46][48] Vasquez stated in her post-crash interview with the NTSB that she had been monitoring system messages on the center console, and that she did not use either one of her cell phones until she called 911.[13] According to an unnamed Uber source, safety drivers are not responsible for monitoring diagnostic messages.[49] Vasquez also told responding police officers she kept her hands near the steering wheel in preparation to take control if required, which contradicted the driver-facing video, which did not show her hands near the wheel.[45] Police concluded that given the same conditions, Herzberg would have been visible to 85% of motorists at a distance of 143 feet (44 m), 5.7 seconds before the car struck Herzberg. According to the police report, Vasquez should have been able to apply the brakes at least 0.57 seconds sooner, which would have provided Herzberg sufficient time to pass safely in front of the car.[47]

The police report was turned over to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office for review of possible manslaughter charges.[45] The Maricopa County Attorney's Office recused itself from prosecution over a potential conflict of interest, as it had earlier participated with Uber in a March 2016 campaign against drunk driving.[50] On March 4, 2019 Yavapai County Attorney released a letter indicating there is "no basis for criminal liability" against Uber Corporation;[51][52] that potential charges against the driver should be further investigated by Maricopa County Attorney; and that the Tempe Police Department should analyze the case to gather additional evidence.

Other factors[edit]

See also: Assured clear distance ahead and Self-driving car liability

According to the preliminary report of the collision released by the NTSB, Herzberg had tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana in a toxicology test carried out after the collision.[13] Residual toxicology itself does not establish if or when she was under their influence, and hence an actual factor.[53] Inhibited faculties can hypothetically factor into one's relative ability for last-minute self-preservation. However, her mere presence on the roadway far in the distance ahead of the car was the factor which invoked the machine's duty to brake;[25] the common legal duty to avoid her and other objects being general and preexisting.[27][30]

On May 24, NTSB released a preliminary incident report, the news release saying that Herzberg "was dressed in dark clothing, did not look in the direction of the vehicle... crossed... in a section not directly illuminated by lighting... entered the roadway from a brick median, where signs...warn pedestrians to use a crosswalk... 360 feet north." Six seconds before impact, the vehicle was traveling 43 mph (69 km/h), and the system identified the woman and bicycle as an unknown object, next as a vehicle, then as a bicycle.[54] At 1.3 seconds before hitting the pedestrian and her bike, the system flagged the need for emergency braking, but it failed to do so, as the car hit Herzberg at 39 mph (63 km/h).[55]

The forward-looking Uber dashcam did not pick up Herzberg until approximately 1.4 seconds before the collision, suggesting (as the sheriff did) that the crash may have been completely unavoidable even if Vasquez hadn't been distracted in the seconds leading up to the crash.[56]

However, night-time video shot by other motorists in the days following the crash, plus their comments, suggest that the area may have been better illuminated than the dashcam footage, viewed in isolation would suggest. This raises the possibility that Herzberg's appearing so late in the Uber video could merely be an indication that the camera had insufficient sensitivity or was otherwise poorly calibrated for the environment and setting in which it was operating. If these crowd-sourced re-creations are indeed representative of the visibility conditions on the actual night that the accident occurred, then Herzberg would have been visible to Vasquez as soon as there was a clear sight line had Vasquez only been looking ahead, refuting the assertion that the accident was unavoidable.[57]

Complicating things even further, there is evidence that suggests the discrepancies in visibility between the dashcam footage and the civilian re-creation submissions are not at all invented or illusory, but are, instead, real phenomena whose progenitor is purported to be the set of severely under-powered headlights installed on the car Vasquez was monitoring.[57] While all of these potential scenarios will likely affect any charging decisions and/or other legal actions (if they materialize at all), none currently have any objective validation or otherwise meaningful support, especially in relation to one another.

Coordination with state government[edit]

Prior to the fatal incident, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey had encouraged Uber to enter the state.[6] He signed Executive Order 2015-09 on August 25, 2015, entitled "Self-Driving Vehicle Testing and Piloting in the State of Arizona; Self-Driving Vehicle Oversight Committee", establishing a welcoming attitude to autonomous vehicle testing.[58][59] According to Ducey's office, the committee, which consists of eight state employees appointed by the governor, has met twice since it was formed.[6]

In December 2016, Ducey had released a statement welcoming Uber's autonomous cars: "Arizona welcomes Uber self-driving cars with open arms and wide open roads. While California puts the brakes on innovation and change with more bureaucracy and more regulation, Arizona is paving the way for new technology and new businesses."[60] Emails between Uber and the office of the governor showed that Ducey was informed that the testing of self-driving vehicles would begin in August 2016, several months ahead of the official announcement welcoming Uber in December.[6] On March 1, 2018, Ducey signed Executive Order (XO) 2018-04, outlining regulations for autonomous vehicles. Notably, XO 2018-04 requires the company testing self-driving cars to provide a written statement that "the fully autonomous vehicle will achieve a minimal risk condition" if a failure occurs.[61]

Aftermath[edit]

Uber[edit]

After the collision that killed Herzberg on March 18, 2018, Uber ceased testing self-driving vehicles in all four cities (Tempe, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Toronto) where it had deployed them.[5] On March 26, Governor Ducey sent a letter to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, suspending Uber's testing of self-driving cars in the state. In the letter, Ducey stated "As governor, my top priority is public safety. Improving public safety has always been the emphasis of Arizona's approach to autonomous vehicle testing, and my expectation is that public safety is also the top priority for all who operate this technology in the state of Arizona."[62] Uber also announced it would not renew its permit to test self-driving cars in California after the California Department of Motor Vehicles wrote to inform Uber that its permit would expire on March 31, and "any follow-up analysis or investigations from the recent crash in Arizona" would have to be addressed before the permit could be renewed.[7] Uber acknowledged that mistakes were made in its brash pursuit to ultimately create a safer driving environment.[32][63]

Later in the year, Uber issued a reflective 70-page safety report[32] in which Uber stated the potential for its self-driving cars to be safer than those driven by humans,[64] however some of their employees worry that Uber is taking shortcuts to hit internal milestones.[32] To be legal in all states[65] for private use, or anywhere at the commercial level,[29][30] the technology must hard code assured clear distance ahead driving.[27][28][66]

Uber returned their self-driving cars to the roads in public testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 20, 2018. Uber said they received authorization from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Uber said they were also pursuing the same with cars on roads in San Francisco, California and Toronto, Ontario.[67][68] In December 2020, Uber sold its Advanced Technologies Group, which was researching automated driving systems, to Aurora Innovation.[69]

Other companies[edit]

The incident also caused other companies to temporarily cease road testing of self-driving vehicles. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has stated "We don't know that we would do anything different, but we should give ourselves time to see if we can learn from that incident."[70]

Legal actions[edit]

Legal woes for Uber were among the collision fallout. Herzberg's daughter retained the law firm Bellah Perez,[18] and together with the husband quickly reached an undisclosed settlement on March 28 while local and federal authorities continued their investigation.[71] Herzberg's mother, father, and son also retained legal counsel.[72] While a confidential settlement buried the liability issue, it suggested a sufficient legal cause of action. The abundance of event data recorders left few questions of fact for a jury to decide.[73]

Although the Yavapai County Attorney declined to charge Uber with a criminal violation in 2019 for the death of Herzberg,[74] a Maricopa County grand jury indicted the safety driver on one count of negligent homicide in 2020.[75] Her trial was planned for February 2021,[76] but has been delayed because the case was designated "complex" and the discovery process is ongoing.[77]

Regulation[edit]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Automobile Association had previously identified nighttime driving as an area for safety improvement.[78][79][80] This follows similar changes in attitudes against tolerating drunk driving, starting in the late 1970s through the 1990s,[81][82] and has occurred in concert with a cultural shift towards active lifestyles and multi-modal use of roadways which has been formally adopted by the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

See also[edit]

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