The stays of a Tesla automobile are seen after it crashed in The Woodlands, Texas, April 17, 2021, on this nonetheless picture from video obtained through social media. Video taken April 17, 2021.
Scott J. Engle | through Reuters
One of many two victims of a deadly crash involving a Tesla automotive in Texas had a blood-alcohol degree that exceeded the authorized driving restrict, in line with an post-mortem report.
Nobody was discovered within the driver’s seat within the April accident the place a Mannequin S caught fireplace after hitting a tree, killing the 2 individuals within the automotive, in line with the police on the time.
William Varner, who was discovered within the again left passenger seat, had 0.151 g/100mL of ethanol – grain alcohol – detected in his blood after his dying, in line with the report by Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
The authorized blood alcohol degree for driving in Texas is 0.08%.
The reason for Varner’s dying was “blunt pressure trauma and thermal accidents with smoke inhalation,” the report mentioned.
The police declined to touch upon the report, saying the investigation continues to be below method.
The Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration has opened 33 investigations into Tesla crashes involving 11 deaths since 2016 wherein superior driver help techniques are suspected of getting used, together with the Texas crash.
A preliminary report by the Nationwide Transportation Security Board, which can be probing the Texas crash, mentioned testing confirmed that the automobile’s automated steering system was “not obtainable” on the street the place the accident occurred however the automotive’s cruise-control perform may nonetheless have been in operation.
Tesla markets its superior driver assistant system as “Full Self-Driving” functionality, however says that these options don’t make the automobile autonomous and require lively driver supervision.