In Palm Harbor, Florida, USA, a TeslaThe driver lost control of the vehicle while speeding and crashed into a resident’s home, killing a 69-year-old woman.
The driver is 43 years old and his name has not been announced. At the time, he was driving a 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid. Before a stop sign, he failed to stop or slow down the vehicle and hit an embankment, causing the vehicle to lose control. The Tesla car smashed through the back wall of a residential home and knocked down one of the three residents at the time, 69-year-old Donna Rein.
At the time of the accident, there were 3 passengers in the driver’s car, and a 43-year-old man died from his injuries. The driver and two other passengers, including a 48-year-old man from Aurora, Colorado, and a 28-year-old man from New Port Richey, were seriously injured in the accident. Firefighters arrived at the scene of the accident to rescue. Police said one of the passengers had been airlifted to Tampa General Hospital for treatment, and the other two were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The driver was driving a 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid. This electric car claims to have good impact protection and automatic emergency braking. Although this Tesla has the Autopilot function to support the vehicle’s automatic steering, acceleration and braking, the police confirmed that the vehicle was not in Autopilot mode when the accident occurred.
The video of the accident site showed that emergency rescuers were viewing the scene, the parts of the vehicle were scattered on the lawn, and the car was trapped in the back of the house.
Model S Plaid was released earlier this year, and the acceleration time from 0 to 60 miles per hour is only 1.99 seconds. The maximum speed of this model is limited to 163 miles per hour, but if the owner buys special wheels and tires, the speed can be increased to 200 miles per hour. At the same time, the price of this configuration is between 13,000 and 50,000 US dollars higher than other configurations of Model S.
At present, US government agencies are investigating multiple car accidents involving the Autopilot system in Tesla in the United States. However, investigators said that the crash last Friday was caused by the speed of the car.
After the accident, someone has initiated crowdfunding through the GoFundMe platform to help the Rennes family. “On Friday, September 3, in a tragic car accident, the car crashed into the home, the Wren family lost their beloved mother and grandmother Donna. Their family and life were completely destroyed. Donna is daughters Lynch and The main caregiver of her two children with special needs. They have been under the care of their grandmother. Lynch and her daughters have lost their homes and urgently need a place to live.”