Woman in self-driving car was streaming The Voice in crash which killed cyclist

A woman in a self-driving Uber looked at her smartphone more than 200 times and was streaming The Voice seconds before a horror crash that killed a cyclist.

Rafaela Vasquez was behind the wheel of the autonomous car and was supposed to act as "second layer of safety".

But Elaine Herzberg was killed crossing the road with her bike when the car failed to stop automatically.

According to police Vasquez was streaming TV shows on Hulu and was spotted on cameras inside the car laughing and smirking at various points.

Police obtained records from the woman driver’s streaming service that related to her LG smartphone.


A Hulu spokesman said: "“The user played one episode of the Voice on March 18, 2018 between 21:16:45 and approximately 21:59:00."

The crash, which police have deemed the crash “entirely avoidable", happened at 9.58pm.

The Tempe Police Department released a lengthy report yesterday, saying Vasquez was distracted while behind the wheel of a self-driving car.

Along with the report police also released audio, photos and videos of that night, including Vasquez’s own 911 call just after the collision.

In one video, she explains in her own words what happened to officers.


Just last month, Vasquez told federal investigators she had been monitoring the self-driving interface in the car and that she didn’t use a phone until after the crash.

It’s not clear yet if she’ll be charged.

Officers have also said Ms Herzberg was at fault for unlawfully crossing the road.

Police have submitted their findings to county prosecutors who decide what to do next.

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