Los Angeles judge rules driver in deadly Tesla crash must face trial

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Los Angeles judge rules driver in deadly Tesla crash must face trial

A Los Angeles County judge ruled this week that a driver operating a Tesla on autopilot in a deadly 2019 crash must stand trial on vehicular manslaughter charges.

Kevin George Aziz Riad, 27, will be tried on two counts of vehicular manslaughter, according to Fox 11 LA.

The accident happened in 2019 when Riad was driving 74 mph in the Los Angeles suburb of Gardena.

Police said his Tesla Model S took a freeway exit and ran a red light before plowing into a Honda Civic on December 29, 2019.

The crash killed Gilberto Alcazar Lopez, 40, and Maria Guadalupe Nieves-Lopez, 39, who were on a first date the night of the accident.

An unidentified woman in the Tesla, along with Riad, was hospitalized with injuries after the accident.

The car's Autosteer and traffic aware cruise control was activated at the time of the crash, according to prosecutors.

A Tesla engineer also testified that sensors indicated Riad had a hand on the steering wheel.

The crash data showed no brakes were applied in the six minutes leading up to the accident.

Tesla officials have said that Autosteer and the more sophisticated full self-driving function can't completely drive the vehicle, and drivers must respond to needs based on traffic conditions.

There have been several incidents in recent years involving mishandling automated driving systems.