Explanation Of Why The Uber Self Driving Car Might Have Killed a Pedestrian at Dangerous Pedestrian Intersection

Uber Fatal Autonomous Vehicle Intersection Mill Avenue, just south of Curry Road

Here is a theory we have without knowing all of the details of the Uber Self Driving accident.  This information we are sharing is simply based on our knowledge of historic accident data.  Please send your comments and feedback.  

This intersection looks dangerous from a satellite image based on the fact that there are no crosswalk lines and a walking path that basically invites you to cross the road.  See the image above and below.  We can't confirm that this was the exact location of the fatal accident but I would bet this is the exact cause based on the information shared we have gathered.   Why is this path even here?

After a review of the Uber video, we can confirm that the woman crossing the street was likely using this false crosswalk.  Notice where the dotted white lines begin.  We will use this as a reference point below in the photos.

Video Screen Shot Just Before The Uber Vehicle Hit The Pedestrian

Video of Uber Self-Driving Car Crash in Tempe

Photo of woman hit by Uber use a false walking path in the median
Looking Towards Path in Median

Why Is This Walking Path in the Middle of the Road?

Same Spot As Tempe Accident 

Uber Accident in Tempe

A view from street level shows a sign directing pedestrians to use a crosswalk.  Which begs the question again why is this path even here?   Who should be more liable the City of Tempe or Uber?

The accident occurred Sunday evening at about 10 p.m. when an Uber self-driving vehicle struck a pedestrian on Mill Avenue, just south of Curry Road, according to the Tempe Police Department. The vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, with a vehicle operator behind the wheel, police told Fortune.

The female pedestrian, who has been identified by police as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, was walking outside of a crosswalk when she was struck by the Uber self-driving vehicle. She was transported to a local area hospital where she passed away from her injuries. The intersection is near Marquee Theater, a popular music venue and about 1.5 mile north of the Arizona State University campus.

Here is more background on the victim Herzberg who has had some issues with the law