Tesla crash at I-75 rest stop found to be caused by driver error
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) investigation has found that driver error caused a Tesla crash on July 6, 2022, that killed a California couple.
FHP determined that the 2015 Tesla Model S was traveling southbound on I-75 when it exited into the rest area at mile marker 380. The driver, a 67-year-old woman from Lompoc, California, lost control while navigating the curve, hit a curb, and then drove onto the sidewalk, where the car hit a trash can and then crossed back over the parking lot and crashed into the rear of a parked Walmart semi truck trailer (see diagram below). The woman and her passenger, a 66-year-old Lompoc man, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation found that the driver applied the accelerator rather than the brake when the car entered the rest area, resulting in the loss of control of the car.
The accident happened at 1:57 p.m. on a clear, sunny day in dry conditions. The report found that the car had “no special function,” both passengers were wearing seatbelts, and the airbags deployed. The driver had no alcohol or drugs in her system at the time of the crash.
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