Family of Woman Killed by Self-Driving Uber Vehicle to Sue City of Tempe, Arizona
TEMPE, AZ. – The family of a woman who was killed in 2018 by a self-driving Uber vehicle is planning to sue the City of Tempe, Arizona, according to a news report published online at ktar.com. The woman was walking her bicycle across a road in Tempe, when the Uber vehicle struck and killed her.*
On March 18, 2018, 49-year-old Mrs. Herzberg was walking beside her bicycle on Mill Avenue in Tempe. Herzberg had been walking along a brick walkway that comes out at Mill Avenue near Curry Road. The walkway does not meet a crosswalk at Mill Avenue, so when Herzberg attempted to cross Mill Avenue, she was not inside a designated crosswalk.
Before Herzberg made it across the road, a self-driving Uber vehicle ran into her. Video from inside the vehicle shows Herzberg pass in front of the SUV. Video also shows that the human safety driver in the Uber was looking down at her phone at the time of the crash. Later investigation revealed the Uber driver was streaming a TV show.
Herzberg’s husband and daughter have submitted a notice of intent to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Tempe seeking $10 million in damages. The claim alleges that the city failed to take steps to ensure the safety of pedestrians. Specifically, the family claims that the city “created a hazardous condition of a dangerous walkway” by not including a crosswalk, by failing to install proper lighting, and by failing to take other steps for safe crossing.
The family’s notice is a required precursor to the filing of the lawsuit in Arizona. No further information has been reported about the planned lawsuit or pleadings at this time.
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