The driver of a Tesla that was on auto-pilot when it ran a red light and slammed into another car in 2019, killing two people, has been charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter, the Associated Press reports.
According to the AP, the defendant is the first person in the U.S. to be charged in relation to fatal crash involving the auto-pilot feature. The charges were filed in October but only became public this week. The driver, Kevin George Aziz Riad, 27, has pleaded not guilty and is currently free on bail.
Federal agencies are currently investigating other incidents where the auto-pilot feature was misused.
Police said the 2019 crash involved a Model S that was moving at a high speed when it left a freeway and ran a red light in the Los Angeles suburb of Gardena. The car struck a Honda Civic at an intersection on Dec. 29, 2019, killing Gilberto Alcazar Lopez and Maria Guadalupe Nieves-Lopez at the scene. Riad and passenger were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
A Florida Republican lawmaker wants sports teams to know that playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before games is not optional.
As noted by WFLA's Evan Donovan, Florida State Sen. Joe Gruters has introduced legislation that would bar governmental entities from entering into agreements with professional sports teams if they don't play the United States national anthem at the start of each game.
According to Donovan, teams that don't comply "could face financial penalties or be cut out of future business" as punishment for their defiance.
Donovan also reports that, during a legislative session held on Tuesday, Democratic State Sen. Victor Torres literally laughed at Gruters's proposal and asked, "Who doesn't play the national anthem now?"
"I don't know if there's any known instances," Gruters conceded. "This is just to make sure, as a proactive approach, that people continue to play it."
Watch the video below.
This was the entire committee hearing.\n\nOnly one question, from @FLSenatorTorres (D-Kissimmee), with a chuckle \u2014\n\n"Who doesn't play the national anthem now?"pic.twitter.com/IcCCMwcXNX— Evan Donovan (@Evan Donovan) 1642526628
Capitol attacker Hunter Ehmke quickly filed a plea agreement with the court, agreeing to pay for the Capitol window he broke during the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol.
The plea, which has just been revealed online about a month before the Justice Department announced sedition charges for 11 Oath Keepers. It's unknown if Ehmke has any ties to the militia groups, but those who do have been facing possible terrorism enhancement charges.
"Count One in the Indictment, charging your client with Destruction of Government Property, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1361," the agreement says.
His lawyer is recommending a sentence of 0-6 months and the promise he'll pay $2,821 for the windows. Others have had to pay just $2,000, noted legal analyst Marcy Wheeler, who has been monitoring the cases for the past year.