California couple killed after their Tesla drove into a parked semi at I-75 rest stop

Press release from Florida Highway Patrol

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – At 1:58 p.m. today, a Freightliner Tractor Trailer was parked in the southbound parking lot at the Paynes Prairie Rest Area on I-75, south of Gainesville, when a 2015 Tesla that was traveling south on the interstate exited to the rest area, drove toward the tractor trailer, and struck the rear of the tractor trailer.

The driver, a 66-year-old woman, and the passenger, a 67-year-old man, both from Lompoc, CA, were pronounced deceased on scene. Gainesville Fire Rescue responded to extricate the occupants of the Tesla.

  • That’s very bad PR and sad for couple’s family. Investigation will determine if Tesla was using autopilot at time.

  • I would never trust auto pilot to steer me off the highway and into a rest area. Anyway it would have braked before contact. I bet this was distracted driving. Very sad. God bless them.

    • Medical emergency maybe? Vaccident with so many sudden deaths after the jab?

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  • A Tesla can accelerate like a rocket. I wonder if driver slammed accelerator when intending to brake?

  • These were lovely people on their way to visit family, neighbors of good friends of mine. Experienced Tesla drivers, they were not ever reckless or impaired, and not rely on autopilot. True that it could have been a medical emergency, but have to suspect the Tesla. I

  • Agreed, driver either had a medical emergency or car malfunction. She was an amazing woman! So sweet and kind.

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