Florida Tesla driver was traveling 3x the speed limit moments before crash

According to an initial investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the driver of a Tesla Model 3 accelerated to three times the speed limit moments before a fiery crash.

Investigators with the NTSB said the vehicle reached 90mph (145km/h) because the 20-year old driver was attempting to go through a yellow light.

As the driver cleared the intersection, the car lost control and veered off into a median.

The car then hit a tree on the driver’s side, spinning it around and hitting another tree on the passenger side.

crash trees
Image via NTSB

The car then burst into flames. Both the driver and 19-year old passenger died at the scene.

An analysis of data from the severely damaged event data recorded (EDR) showed the accelerator was pushed to 100%, and the brakes were never engaged.

There was no mention in the report of Autopilot or any driver-assist feature being engaged.

The crash remains under investigation, and the NTSB will issue its final report at a later date.

You can read the full report here.

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