Business Briefs – June 24, 2018

Police: Backup Driver In Fatal Uber Crash Was Distracted

PHOENIX (AP) — Investigators say the backup driver of an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming a program and looking away shortly before her vehicle fatally struck a pedestrian. A report released Thursday by Tempe police said the crash wouldn’t have happened had driver Rafaela Vasquez not been distracted. Vasquez looked up a half second before striking Elaine Herzberg in suburban Phoenix three months ago.

U.S.-Led Tariff War Inflicts Pain

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Florida boat builder absorbs $4 million in lost business and expects more pain. An Ohio meat producer is losing access to a key export market and fears the damage will last for years. A motorcycle shop near Cologne, Germany, wonders if it even has a future. As the European Union began imposing tariffs on goods ranging from whiskey and motorcycles to peanuts and cranberries to retaliate for President Trump’s own tariffs, a trade brawl begun by the U.S. is starting to draw blood.