Tesla owner hit with vehicular manslaughter charges due to Autopilot

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After running a red light on Autopilot, one Tesla driver was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter - this is likely the first time a felony has

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This incident occurred in Gardena, a suburb of Los Angeles, back in 2019, but it only came to light after legal documents revealed charges filed last October.

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During the red-light run, Kevin George Aziz Riad, a 27-year-old limousine driver, struck a Honda Civic, killing Gilberto Alcazar Lopez and Maria Guadalupe Nieves Lopez. 

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A NHTSA investigation into the crash confirmed the use of Autopilot, but prosecutors declined to mention it as the driver is always responsible for the vehicle.

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In Arizona, an Uber driver operating an autonomous test vehicle was charged with negligent homicide following a fatal accident with a pedestrian. 

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They distinguish the two cases since the Uber incident involved a self-driving test vehicle, not a driver assistance system, such as Tesla Autopilot, which is available to the 

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Two counts of vehicular manslaughter have been filed against a Tesla driver who ran a red light, struck another vehicle and killed two people in 2019. 

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Kevin George Aziz Riad has pleaded not guilty to the charges of vehicular manslaughter, and he has been released on bail.

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