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Tesla Found Not Guilty in Model S Crash in Gainesville that Killed Two, Cause Is Human Error

Tesla Found Not Guilty in Model S Crash in Gainesville that Killed Two, Cause Is Human Error

Image: WCJB 20

Tesla was found not guilty in a Model S crash in Gainesville, Florida, that killed two. After careful investigation, it was found that human error was the cause. The vehicle did not have Autopilot installed.

A fatal crash on I-75 in Gainesville, Florida, involved a Tesla Model S and a semi-trailer caused by “human error,” Florida Highway Patrol troopers said after a 6-month thorough investigation (via WCJB 20). Initially, some, including the click-chasing media, speculated that the crash could be related to Tesla's Autopilot feature. After accidents involving Tesla, the mainstream media often publishes articles suggesting that Autopilot is responsible without any proof.

On July 6, 2022, a couple from California who were driving a Tesla Model S crashed into the back of a semi-trailer at speed. The car was completely destroyed as a result of the crash and both the people in it died. The investigation determined that the Telsa driver pressed the accelerator pedal instead of the brake, causing the vehicle to accelerate. It entered a rest stop at 60 mph, hit a curb and collided with a parked semi-trailer. It was determined that Autopilot was definitely not the cause, as the 2015 Tesla Model S did not have a built-in autopilot feature. The cause of the crash is officially considered “human error.”

“It's been a while since this investigation started and it's a very thorough and in-depth investigation,” said Lt. Patrick Riordian, FHP public information officer. “Unfortunately, the woman driving, as they were coming down the ramp to the rest area, unfortunately, she applied the accelerator instead of the brake.”

H/t @SawyerMerritt/Twitter

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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.

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