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 automobile in Texas had a blood-alcohol stage 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 hearth after hitting a tree, killing the 2 individuals within the automobile, 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 loss of life, in line with the report by Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
The authorized blood alcohol stage for driving in Texas is 0.08%.
The reason for Varner’s loss of life 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 underneath means.
The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration has opened 33 investigations into Tesla crashes involving 11 deaths since 2016 during which superior driver help methods 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 highway the place the accident occurred however the automobile’s cruise-control perform might 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.