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Federal Agencies On The Ground As Uber Investigation Continues In Tempe

Tempe Sgt. Ronald Elcock
(Photo by Casey Kuhn - KJZZ)
Tempe Sgt. Ronald Elcock speaks to the media on March 19, 2018.

State and local law enforcement are investigating a deadly collision between a pedestrian and self-driving car in Tempe.

Elaine Herzberg died after she was hit by an Uber in autonomous mode while walking her bike near Mill Avenue and Curry Road on Sunday night.

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In a statement Tuesday, Tempe police said they are conducting an investigation to “address the operating condition of the vehicle, driver interaction with the vehicle, and opportunities for the vehicle or driver to detect the pedestrian that was struck.”

After their investigation, Tempe police said they will submit the findings to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for potential charges.

The National Transportation Safety Board and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are also conducting an investigation.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.