$TSLA: NHTSA Investigates 3 Latest Deaths. AV?

Verge headline: Two new fatal Tesla crashes are being examined by US investigators

A pedestrian was killed in California, and two other people were killed in Florida

By Andrew J. Hawkins@andyjayhawk Jul 7, 2022, 4:16pm EDT


Two fatal Tesla crashes are being examined by investigators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Reuters reported that NHTSA opened a special investigation into a recent fatal crash in California, in which a Tesla driver killed a pedestrian. And an agency spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that a crash that took place on July 6th in Florida is also under examination.

The crash in Florida took place on Interstate 75, just south of Gainesville, where a Tesla vehicle smashed into the rear of a stationary tractor-trailer that was parked at a truck stop. Two people inside the Tesla, the driver and a passenger, were killed, according to Fox 35. A spokesperson for NHTSA said the agency was aware of the crash and was currently communicating with Tesla about it.

A spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol said it is not known yet whether Autopilot was activated at the time of the crash. “In their investigation of this incident our Investigators will gather as much info and data as possible, which is standard operating procedure,” Lieutenant P.V. Riordan said in an email to The Verge. “Last, they may reach out to the manufacturer in the event additional information is needed.”