Rafael (aka Rafaela) Vasquez Uber Self Driving Car Backup Indicted for Negligent Homicide

September 16, 2020

Phoenix, AZ - On August 27, 2020, a Maricopa County Grand Jury charged Rafael (aka Rafaela) Vasquez, age 46, with one count of Negligent Homicide in the death of Elaine Herzberg on March 18, 2018.

“Distracted driving is an issue of great importance in our community,” stated County Attorney Allister Adel. “When a driver gets behind the wheel of a car, they have a responsibility to control and operate that vehicle safely and in a law-abiding manner.”

At her arraignment on Sept. 15, 2020, before Commissioner Richard Hinz in the Maricopa County Superior Court, Vasquez pled not guilty. The court ordered that she be released to pretrial services with ankle monitoring.

An Initial Pretrial Conference is set for October 27, 2020. Please contact the Maricopa County Superior Court for information related to court proceedings, including video of today’s Not Guilty Arraignment.

*A charge in a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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