The driver of a Tesla operating on Autopilot must stand trial for a crash that killed two people in a Los Angeles suburb, a judge ruled Thursday.
There is enough evidence to try Kevin George Aziz Riad, 27, on two counts of vehicular manslaughter in the 2019 crash in Gardena, a Los Angeles County judge said.
It is believed to be the first felony prosecution in the U.S. against a driver who was using using a partially automated driving system.
Police said the Tesla Model S left a freeway and ran a red light in Gardena and was doing 74 mph when it smashed into a Honda Civic at an intersection on December 29, 2019.
The crash killed Gilberto Alcazar Lopez, 40, of Rancho Dominguez and Maria Guadalupe Nieves-Lopez, 39, of Lynwood, who were in the Civic and were on their first date that night,…
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