Phoenix (AP) - The first fatal accident with a self-driving car in the United States has criminal consequences for the test driver.

The 46-year-old woman was charged with negligent homicide by a grand jury in the southwestern US state of Arizona on Tuesday.

The allegation is that you failed to correct a self-driving car before it caused the fatal accident.

In the March 2018 accident, a computer-controlled Uber test car in the town of Tempe, Arizona, killed a 49-year-old woman pushing a bike down a multi-lane road.

The NTSB accident investigation authority sees the immediate cause in the fact that the driver of the test car was distracted.

According to the police, she watched a TV program on her smartphone.

Had she been attentive, she would probably have had enough time to prevent the accident, the NTSB found in a report last November.

The test car driver declared herself not guilty.

The Maricopa County attorney disagreed with the woman: "When a driver gets behind the wheel of a car, it is his responsibility to control and operate that vehicle safely and in accordance with the law," he said.

The defendant was released until the start of the trial on October 27, but has to wear an electronic ankle cuff.

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NTSB on the Uber accident

ABC report

Maricopa County Press Release