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U.S. Safety Investigators Examine Another Fatal Tesla Crash

It is the fourth open federal probe involving one of the company’s vehicles

Tesla Model S cars sit outside a Tesla showroom in Corte Madera, Calif.

Tesla Model S cars sit outside a Tesla showroom in Corte Madera, Calif. PHOTO: JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES

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Arian Campo-Flores and

 

Tim Higgins

 

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  • FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—A U.S. transportation-safety agency said it would begin examining the fiery crash of a Tesla Inc. Model S car that killed two teenagers here Tuesday evening, marking the fourth active federal probe involving the company’s vehicles.

    The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday it is initially focusing its latest investigation on the emergency response to the fire created by the electric car’s lithium-ion battery. The agency added that at this time it doesn’t anticipate Tesla’s driver-assistance system Autopilot being part of the investigation.

    The driver and front-seat passenger of the 2014 Model S sedan were killed after the car veered off the roadway and into a concrete wall, bursting into flames, local police said. A third passenger was ejected from the car and taken to the hospital.

    Tesla said it is working with local authorities. It noted that high-speed collisions can result in fire “regardless of the type of car.”

    “We have not yet been able to retrieve the logs from the vehicle, but everything we have seen thus far indicates a very high-speed collision and that Autopilot was not engaged,” a Tesla spokesman said in a statement.

    The NTSB, which has no regulatory mandate but has influence over transportation safety, is investigating three other traffic incidents involving Tesla vehicles, including a fatal crash on March 23 that fueled questions about the safety of Autopilot.

    In that crash, which occurred south of San Francisco, a Model X sport-utility vehicle collided with a highway barrier and caught fire after hitting two other vehicles. The NTSB initially said it was reviewing the postcrash fire and steps to remove the vehicle safely from the scene.

    Tesla later said that the vehicle’s Autopilot was engaged leading up to the crash and that the driver’s hands weren’t detected on the steering wheel for six seconds prior to the collision. Tesla and the NTSB waded into a public feud over the disclosure of that information. 

    Tesla has been aggressive in deploying the driver-assistance system, citing safety improvements while also cautioning that it doesn’t turn the car into a self-driving car and the user must remain alert. Experts, however, say that drivers have a hard time remaining engaged in driving as automation in a vehicle increases.

    The NTSB is also investigating a battery fire linked to a Model X that barreled into a home’s garage in Lake Forest, Calif., in August 2017, and the crash of a Model S into the back of a firetruck near Culver City, Calif., in January. The local fire department has said the driver in the January crash claimed Autopilot was engaged at the time of the incident.

    In the latest crash, which occurred at about 6:46 p.m. Tuesday on Seabreeze Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, the vehicle’s speed “is believed to have been a factor in the traffic crash,” according to a statement released by the local police.

    Larry Groshart, who lives across the street from the site where the crash occurred, said he witnessed the accident from his driveway. That stretch of Seabreeze Boulevard—a main thoroughfare also known as Highway A1A—is known locally as “dead man’s curve,” he said.

    Heading south, as the Tesla was, drivers can see a yellow warning light flashes atop a 25 mile-an-hour speed-limit sign before the road bends markedly to the left. The car crashed along that curve, police said.

    Mr. Groshart said the Tesla appeared to be driving much faster than 25 mph. He heard tires screech and saw the vehicle sideswipe a concrete wall in front of a home. He said it then collided against another concrete wall roughly 10 feet ahead and burst into flames, leaving a large vertical gash along that wall.

    “Think of the amount of energy it took to break off that wall,” he said.

    Mr. Groshart, who didn’t realize at the time that the vehicle was a Tesla, said that the flames didn’t appear to be from gas and that there was no smoke.

    Write to Arian Campo-Flores at arian.campo-flores@wsj.com and Tim Higgins at Tim.Higgins@WSJ.com

    Another Tesla Model S Bursts Into Flames After "Horrific" Crash, Killing And Burning Alive Two Men Trapped Inside

    Less than two months after a Tesla Model X burst into flames in Mountain View, CA after a gruesome crash attributed to an autopilot error trapped the driver in the burning car resulting in his death, Tesla tragedy has struck again after two 18-year-old men died, trapped in a fiery Model S crash near Fort Lauderdale beach Tuesday evening, the SunSentinel reported.

    As WPLG reports, in the "horrific crash" of the Tesla Model S with three young people hit a wall and then caught on fire, while a third teen was ejected from the car.

    According to Battalion Chief Greg May, of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, the Tesla Model S burst into flames after it wrecked about 7:30 p.m. and the two men who died were trapped inside.

    A third man, also 18, who was in the backseat of the Tesla Model S, was thrown from the car when it crashed in the 1300 block of Seabreeze Boulevard, said Tracy Figone, a spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. He was hospitalized. His condition was not known.

    So far the identities of the three men were not released.

    Neighborhood resident Wendy Mascolo told WFOR-Ch. 4 that she heard the violent crash when it happened and ran to help.

    “These parents, they got the worst call of their lives and their lives are never going to be the same,” she told the station.

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    Elon Musk exists because he bribed DNC politicians and Senators Feinstein, Reid, Boxer, Harris, Clinton and Pelosi to give him free taxpayer cash and government resources from the Dept. of Energy and the Calif treasury. DOE has been covering-up organized crime activities at DOE in which DOE funds are being used as a slush-fund to pay off DNC campaign financiers and to pay for CIA/GPS Fusion-Class attacks on Silicon Valley business competitors of those DNC campaign financiers who DOE staff share stock market holdings with. Elon Musk is a criminal, a mobster, an asshole, a bald fake-hair wearing, plastic surgery-addicted, douchebag, woman abusing, sex addicted, tax evader. Musk exploits poor people and child slaves in the Congo and Afghanistan to mine his lithium and Cobalt. Musk spends billions per year to hire Russian trolls, fake blogger fan-boys and buy fake news self-aggrandizement articles about himself. Musk thinks he is the 'Jesus' of Silicon Valley. Fake News manipulator Google is run by Larry Page and Larry is Musk's investor and bromance butt buddy. Musk uses massive numbers of shell companies and trust funds to self-deal, evade the law and hide his bribes and stock market insider trading. A huge number of Tesla drivers have been killed and Musk covers it up. The DNC and the MSM refuse to allow any articles about Musk's crimes to be printed because they benefit from Musk's crimes. Musk has been professionally diagnosed as a 'psychotic narcissist.' In EVERY blog that you read that mentions 'Musk', at least 1/3 of the comments have been placed their by Musk's paid shills. Musk holds the record for getting sued for fraud by his investors, wives, former partners, employees, suppliers and co-founders. Elon Musk has gone out of his way to hire hundreds of ex-CIA staff and assign them to "dirty tricks teams" to attack his competitors and elected officials who Musk hates. Musk never founded his companies. Musk's "Starlink" satellites are domestic spy and political manipulation tools - never get your internet from one. He stole them in hostile ownership take-overs. The same kind of EMF radiation proven to cause cancer from cell phones exists in massive amounts in a Tesla. Musk can't fix a car or build a rocket and has almost no mechanical skills. Musk is a lying con artist and partners with Goldman Sachs to rig the stock market. Over 1000 witnesses can prove every one of those claims in any live televised Congressional hearing! Senators Dianne Feinstein, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris and their associates own the stock in Tesla Motors and/or it's suppliers and mining companies. That is why they criminally help cover-up investigations of Tesla!

    The DNC bosses own the stock in lithium, Solar and EV markets and use kickbacks from those markets (Especially via convoluted campaign finance laundering via Elon Musk) to finance the DNC. The DNC bosses use character assassination as their main political tool against any member of the public who speaks out against their felony stock market scams and PizzaGate-like scandals. The Harvey Weinstein reports by Ronan Farrow show that they have teams of hired goons that they pay to destroy people's lives. They use Black Cube, Mossad, In-Q-Tel, Stratfor, Gawker Media, Gizmodo Media, Media Matters, David Brock, Sid Blumenthal, NY Times, Google servers, Facebook servers, Podesta Group, Perkins Coie, Covington & Burling and a host of "assassins". It should be a felony to hire character assassins in the USA. DEMAND A LAW and DEMAND the termination of these attack services. IE: Gawker and Gizmodo Media sets-up the attack stories and, in paid partnership with Google, Google kicks their attack links around the globe, in front of 8 Billion people, forever. Google locks the attack articles of its enemies on the front top search results of Google search results forever, on purpose! That is why Google is being terminated in the largest, most well resourced anti-corruption public service take-down in history!

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    We will be doing interviews when we get closer to filing the lawsuit. We'll reach out to you then.
    
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    Keith Kamisugi
    for Minami Tamaki LLP
    http://www.minamitamaki.com/huang

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