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uber is not criminally liable for a twenty eighteen crash in Arizona in which a pedestrian died after being struck by one of the company's self driving vehicles that's according to prosecutors in Arizona is that yama Pike County who said in a letter there was quote no basis for criminal liability for Cooper in the March twenty eighteen crash but it did say the backup driver Rafael about skin is it should be referred to police for further investigation the decision by prosecutors at not to pursue criminal charges removed one potential legal roadblock for Hooper ahead of its hotly anticipated IPO this year the fatal crash involved a Volvo S. U. V. that uber was using to test the self driving technology Hoover's struggle to recover from the accident it's a Thomas vehicle testing program remaining low key the ride hailing companies lost more than three billion dollars last year and it's betting on a transition to self driving cars to eliminate pain drivers the incident also forced other companies to temporarily hold their own self driving tests the technology has had little oversight from regulators and scrutiny built up after the crash Vasquez who was in the driver seat during the crash while the vehicle drove itself may face charges of vehicular manslaughter that's according to a police report from last year based on a video from inside the self driving car and records collected from the streaming service Hulu police said that Vazquez was looking down and watching an episode of the voice on the phone Vasquez looked up moments before the car struck forty nine year old Elaine Hertzberg police called the incident quote entirely avoidable authorities are still investigating the crash a new birth spokesperson declined to comment on the prosecutors letter