After a 6-month investigation, the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed a deadly crash involving a Tesla Model S was due to human error.
Via WCBJ, the accident in July saw a couple from California hit a parked semi-truck trailer at a rest area near Gainesville, Florida.
Per the investigation, the car data showed that the driver hit the gas pedal rather than the brake. The Model S then entered the rest stop, going 60 mph, hitting a curb and then the trailer.
The 2015 Tesla Model S did not have Autopilot equipped at the time of the crash.
Lt. Patrick Riordan of the Florida Highway Patrol said this in the news conference.
It’s been a while since this investigation started, and it’s a very thorough and in-depth investigation. Unfortunately, the woman driving, as they were coming down the ramp to the rest area, unfortunately, she applied the accelerator instead of the brake.
The couple’s family was considering a wrongful death lawsuit but was awaiting the investigation results. The law firm representing the family did not respond to an ask for comment.
Drive Tesla reported this crash in July as one of the incidents on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration radar.
However, the NHTSA did not comment on the investigation’s results.