A self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona struck and killed a woman Sunday.
According to local ABC affiliate KNXV, a police investigation is underway after the female was hit crossing the street early Monday in Tempe.
The pedestrian, who was “walking outside of the crosswalk” at the time of the incident, died of her injuries shortly after being taken to the hospital.
Police have since identified the victim as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg.
Tempe Police say the vehicle was operating in autonomous mode when the crash took place and that a driver had been behind the wheel.
In a statement released by Uber, the ride-sharing company said it was cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” the statement said. “We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”
The ride-sharing business released a similar statement on one of its Twitter accounts as well.
Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We’re fully cooperating with @TempePolice and local authorities as they investigate this incident.
— Uber Comms (@Uber_Comms) March 19, 2018
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi also referenced the “incredibly sad news out of Arizona” in a message on Twitter.
Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened. https://t.co/cwTCVJjEuz
— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) March 19, 2018
The US National Transportation Safety Board announced Monday that it would be sending a team to Tempe to investigate the crash.
NTSB sending team to investigate Uber crash in Tempe, Arizona. More to come.
— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) March 19, 2018
Uber has since paused its self-driving programs in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto in the wake of the incident.
The company had previously paused testing in Arizona for two days in March 2017 after one of its self-driving vehicles crashed.
This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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