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Police say Uber driver was watching Hulu before fatal crash

by Justin King
Police say Uber driver was watching Hulu before fatal crash

The driver could face vehicular manslaughter charges for the accident, described as "entirely avoidable" following an in-depth investigation.

The safety driver behind the wheel of an autonomous Uber prototype was allegedly watching a streaming video when she struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, earlier this year.

Police discovered that Uber's driver, Rafaela Vasquez, had been watching "The Voice" on Hulu for approximately 42 minutes before the crash, according to a police report obtained by Reuters. The streaming session ended at 9:59 pm, coinciding with the time of the collision.

Authorities initially appeared to blame the pedestrian for walking out in front of a moving vehicle outside of a crosswalk. Vasquez may now face charges of vehicular manslaughter, though it is unclear if county prosecutors have made a final decision.

After reviewing the evidence, police concluded that the accident was "entirely avoidable."