Man Killed After Tesla Model S Crashes Into Pond

In the third fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S in just the last two weeks, after a "horrific" Ft. Lauderdale crash killed two teens who were trapped in the burning sarcophagus after the car's batteries exploded, and just days after another model S also burned to a crisp also tragically trapping its driver on a highway in Switzerland, a 34-year-old man was killed when his Tesla Model S drove into a San Francisco-area pond Sunday night and his body ended up being recovered early Monday morning; the fatal crash closed a portion of Crow Canyon Road in Castro Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to KTVU and NBC, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly identified the driver as Keith Leung, 34, of Danville.

Based on preliminary evidence, the driver, who has been identified as Danville resident Keith Leung, appeared to veer from Crow Canyon Road just south of Bollinger Canyon Road, smash through a fence and crash into the pond, authorities said. Leung's body and the car were pulled from the water early Monday.

"The vehicle was severly damaged...This is something again that is very tragic," CHP Officer Daniel Jacowitz said according to NBC. "The driver really didn't stand a chance in a way on this. It's sad. It really is."

The pond, site of the deadly crash, is shown below:

A property owner heard the Tesla, driving northbound on Crow Canyon Road, just before 8 p.m. on Sunday, according to CHP Officer Daniel Jacowitz. He called 911 and when he came outside he saw damage to his fence and tire tracks leading up to the pond.

Nine members of the Alameda County Sheriff’s rescue team went into the pond about 10 p.m. and found the driver, still sitting upright in the driver's seat, Jacowitz said. He was pulled out and declared dead at the scene about 5:30 a.m. "It's really tragic," Jacowitz said.

However, CHP officers did acknowledge that this stretch of road is a problem area and they conduct enforcement there on a regular basis.  The speed limit ranges from 35 mph to 55 mph and officers say they have cited people for going as fast as 75 mph.

Neighbors have regularly complained that they can’t get out of their drive ways because vehicle are driving so fast.

Jacowitz added that Leung would have had to have been driving more than posted speed limit of 35 mph to have gone airborne and fly the distance it did.

“The vehicle was submerged...trees in the water made it difficult to tow it out,” said CHP Sgt. Michael Novosel.

Of course, Tesla did not respond to a request for comment by KTVU on Monday as the company will first issue a press release explaining just how safe the auto pilot makes its increasingly deadly crashes a thing of the past.

NHTSA said that  "gathering information" on the fatal pond crash "and will take action as appropriate."

It is not clear if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. It is also unclear if Leung was speeding or if autopilot features were engaged at the time of the crash. As the aerial photo of the crash site shows, there are no road markings on the right side of the road below, which is probably why the autopilot got confused, lost control and headed straight into the pond.

Comments

Cognitive Dissonance Yellow_Snow Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:48 Permalink

As the aerial photo of the crash site shows, there are no road markings on the right side of the road below, which is probably why the autopilot got confused, lost control and headed straight into the pond.

Umm....this is pure supposition on Tyler's part. There is no confirmation at this point that the autopilot was engaged.

I would like to correct Tyler here as well. If the autopilot was engaged, it did not lose control. It controlled the car right off the side of the road and into the pond.

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StagStopa Mr. Universe Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:06 Permalink

All the musk haters, start your shit. American made, high tech product,  good jobs. Fucking crucify the man for trying to do something.  yeah, tsla gets a tax break on electric vehicles.  ALL THE MFRS DO.

 

besides,  crony capital ism pulls billions in tax breaks, bought legislation, etc. From Walmart to jpm.

 

Piss in your own backyards, fags.

 

Roxi

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Erwin643 StagStopa Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:22 Permalink

A man in America trying to do something is one thing.

But doing stupid shit like launching an automobile into Low Earth Orbit, saying "we're going to Mars," etc. is stupid shit.

Musk is the epitome of our collapsing civilization. Telling bullshit stories about going to Mars, his electricity-run semi's (when there have already been separate studies indicating that our rate of innovation is at its lowest point since the 1600s), etc.

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Arrow4Truth StagStopa Mon, 05/21/2018 - 19:34 Permalink

"American made, high tech product" equates to obviously too technical for those that have died as a result of their desire to obtain a piece of shit that provides no redeeming value as it relates to the price. "Good jobs" relates to working for the man every night and day, contributing to a failing enterprise... on many levels. I don't buy shit from Wal-mart. Fuck off.

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land_of_the_few any_mouse Mon, 05/21/2018 - 17:06 Permalink

Perhaps he simply fell asleep. That's a huge problem in many modern cars.

You're supposed to be ready to react and hit the brakes or steer in unexpected situations or situations too challenging for the car, proper full autonomous driving with driver intervention removed completely is not permitted yet AFAIK.

Seemed to be the case with the Nissan demos earlier this year anyway. Driver had to slam the brakes once in a while to avoid a truck and another car doing a dangerous unexpectedly sudden move, and so on.

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Erwin643 Gaius Frakkin'… Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:13 Permalink

Oh yeah?

Well I own a restored/customized 1990 Dodge Cummins Turbo Diesel w/Banks Intercooler. I'm fairly confident that "it can't be tracked or remotely shutoff and locked-down." 

And, the 5.9L Gen. 1 Cummins Turbo Diesel engine (1989-1993) was the best one ever made in terms of efficiency, simplicity, and reliability.

Modern automobiles are perfect examples of Diminishing returns on Complexity/technology (Tainter). What a bunch of suckers.

BTW, what's a "key fob"?

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lincolnsteffens Erwin643 Mon, 05/21/2018 - 18:01 Permalink

Never should have given up my 41 Chevy Pick Up.

0h yeah, I had to get 5 replacement wheel rims for my 2004 Chevy Custom Van. Some were so rusted they were getting pin holes and had slow leaks.  The rest were not far from the same condition. Rear bumper started pealing chrome about 5 years ago. The 20 years and 100,000 miles I put on that pick up, though it had a few rust spots on the bumpers, none of it was pealing off.and out in the weather all the time.  

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Masher1 Gaius Frakkin'… Mon, 05/21/2018 - 17:04 Permalink

After 2006 ALL new cars have systems that will allow remote disable and satellite and RF tracking, By law.... If you live in North America and have ANY car produced after 2006, your travels and ability to dos so are monitored and controlled by others, Just WHO and How many is a very VERY good question....

 

My '06 Smart car was disabled MANY times... it took almost a whole year for me to find out the source of the problems i was dealing with, Problems like the engine shutting off at speed surrounded by large trucks in the fast lane of Deerfoot Tr. in Calgary.... Anyone that has any experience of this road and the way persons normally drive upon it will be able to see the life threatening event some dickhead with a remote engine kill app threatened me with during this time span.... Now i don't even think about a car with Mercedes Benz tech riding along. You have to have your head examined to do so. Just put yourself in Mr Hastings place that night he hit a tree at near 300 Km/h... Crash test dummy has a very new meaning this day and age. Protection is in old cars and old ways, This new shit is not your friend. 

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