On Sunday, July 6th, 2014 a Tesla rear ended a Toyota Corolla leaving three dead and two severely injured. The accident occurred on the 14 Freeway very close to Avenue S. The accident was reported to have happened at 10:30 pm and when police arrived at the scene there was a fire. Unfortunately, two children and one adult were killed in the crash. Those that passed were in the Toyota that was rear ended by the Tesla. Los Angeles car accidents can be deadly, especially when the crashes happen late at night when high speeds are attainable.
The three that were killed in the accident were all sitting in the back seat of the Toyota Corolla; they were males that were 40 years old, 13 years old and 8 years old. At this time, all three victims were believed to be family members. The front seat passenger, a six year old boy was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital with major injuries. The driver, Tyree Lavon Nash, was also transported to Antelope Valley Hospital with major injuries. All five individuals in the Toyota were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
The drive of the Tesla suffered only minor injuries. At this point foul play, alcohol and drugs are not a factor in this Los Angeles car accident. The southbound lanes of the 14 Freeway were shut down until 4:00 am on Monday morning. This accident happens less than 24 hours after a different Tesla was stolen and crashed into multiple cars causing a major fire in West Hollywood. It is important to note that these accidents were not caused by the unique engine and structure of the Tesla. Tesla was under scrutiny for having a vehicle that caught fire several months ago but has since addressed that issue.
Elon Musk wrote a personal blog post on the Telsa site to explain what the company was doing to prevent such fires. Recently, Tesla open sourced their patents to allow any auto company or manufacturer to see just how these vehicles are being built. As the Tesla line continues to grow it will be interesting to see how consumers react to the accident fires that happen with the different model Tesla vehicles.