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Uber’s Self-driving Car Kills Woman

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 28: An Uber self-driving car drives down 5th Street on March 28, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Cars in Uber's self-driving cars are back on the roads after the program was temporarily halted following a crash in Tempe, Arizona on Friday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

An autonomous car operated by Uber was involved in a car crash on Monday, killing a woman, TopNaija.ng can confirm.

The crash has been reported to be the first fatal accident involving a self-driving car and a pedestrian.

The woman had been walking with her bicycle outside the crosswalk when the car hit her.

The car had a driver behind the wheel, but was reportedly in autonomous mode when the accident occurred.

Uber soon released a statement on Twitter, writing:

Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We’re fully cooperating with @TempePolice and local authorities as they investigate this incident.

Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, also tweeted:

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.

The car, a Volvo XC90, had been going 40 miles an hour when it hit its victim, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, and showed no signs of slowing down when it did, Tempe police spokesperson Ronald Elcock said.

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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