According to the preliminary National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) findings, a Tesla Model 3 involved in a deadly collision in Coral Gables, Florida in September was traveling 90 mph in a 30 mph zone. The car collided with two trees and caught fire while driving through a residential area.
The Model 3’s 20-year-old driver and a 19-year-old passenger sadly died in an accident on Alhambra Circle in Coral Gables. According to the NTSB, it had gained around 5 seconds of pre-crash and crash data from the vehicle’s Event Data Recorder (EDR), which keeps track of speed, acceleration, seat belt status, and airbag deployment.
The EDR data revealed that the Model 3’s accelerator pedal was activated during the crash, and the service brake remained OFF. “Based on preliminary analysis of the data, it appeared that the accelerator pedal had been pushed from 0 to 100 percent, while the service brake remained off,” according to NTSB’s preliminary report. Alhambra Circle is a quiet residential street with a 30 mph speed limit.
The NTSB has already released a preliminary account of the accident, but the investigation is still underway to examine the crash dynamics, circumstances of the collision, elements related to roadways, survivability, and the ill-fated Model 3’s post-crash fire. The agency is also cooperating with the Coral Gables Police Department, which is conducting its own separate inquiry into the incident.
Despite the fact that there are less people on the road today than ten years ago, vehicle collisions in the United States have risen over the last year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), preliminary estimates suggest that 38,680 people were fatally injured in motor vehicle traffic accidents in 2020, a 7.2% increase from 2019. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) likewise released a study revealing an estimated 209,500 vehicle fires and 630 civilian fire deaths in 2020.