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How we analyzed pedestrian fatalities

The Center for Investigative Reporting wanted to find out what consequences drivers face when they kill a pedestrian in the five largest Bay Area counties. It’s a difficult question to answer because the relevant data is scattered among numerous and disparate agencies: police departments, district attorneys’ and coroners’ offices, and the Department of Motor Vehicles […]

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Bay Area drivers who kill pedestrians rarely face punishment, analysis finds

East Palo Alto officials added signs and flashing lights in this crosswalk after 6-year-old Sioreli Torres was killed in 2011.Noah Berger/Center for Investigative Reporting Patricia Molinaro’s husband, Joe, was 10 minutes into his morning ritual – a mile-and-a-half walk from his suburban Bay Area home to Wal-Mart – when her phone rang. It was a […]

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Google’s self-driving vehicles zoom toward legal status

A Google self-driving carMark Doliner/Flickr When veteran legislative staffer Howard Posner began working on a bill that would allow driverless, computer-controlled cars to roam California’s highways, he figured lawmakers would find the idea alarming. They didn’t. “Eventually, you might be on the freeway, and someone might not be behind the wheel,” said Posner, a consultant […]