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Driver identified in fiery Tesla crash

Original post made on Mar 26, 2018

A driver that died after his Tesla went up in flames Friday morning on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View has been identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 26, 2018, 10:33 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by Jim
a resident of Slater
on Mar 26, 2018 at 11:04 am

Did he hit the barrier between the flyover lane to 85 and the carpool lane that continues on 101? There used to be large yellow barrels there to help cushion a crash. What happened to those?


Posted by Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 26, 2018 at 11:12 am

He obliterated the crash barrier. It was one of those steel barriers that's designed to collapse and absorb crash energy. It's no longer there, and it looks like crews are setting up to build a new one this morning.


Posted by Resident2
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 26, 2018 at 11:26 am

The crash barrier was not reset for this crash. He effectively hit the concrete barrier with no crash attenuator to soften the blow.


Posted by sheik y.
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Mar 26, 2018 at 11:52 am

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Posted by David K
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 26, 2018 at 2:49 pm

David K is a registered user.

Many thanks to the MVFD!


Posted by Sylvan Park Resident
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 26, 2018 at 3:33 pm

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Terrible crash, this photo shows the front end of Tesla entirely disintegrated Web Link

Condolences to the driver's family,and many thanks to the anonymous Good Samaritan who stopped to help him. He said "I rounded towards what used to be the front of the car and saw, remarkably, an intact man that was covered in a light layer of dust. The front of the car was simply gone."


Posted by Juan
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Mar 26, 2018 at 8:03 pm

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How is it legal to drive this car on public roadways? Tesla has a lot of explaining to do.


Posted by Justathought
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 26, 2018 at 9:38 pm

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Seriously? How is it legal to drive this car? Seriously? Condolences to his family first off. This car hit a median abutment at probably 70+ miles an hour. Barrier absorbing items in place or not, it probably didn’t matter. Actually, if anything the metal style has been known to pierce through a car in certain conditions rather than crumple as designed. Bottom line is nothing will guarantee your safety in a headon collision with an abutment at that speed. The simple fact that there was an intact body to extract is a COMPLIMENT or TESTAMENT to how safe the Tesla Model S truly is. Most cars would have been destroyed beyond recognition. They have very good technologies in place to control the batteries in a serious crash. THIS WAS TOO ETREME to ever design for. No car is designed to protect you and not catch fire or have the gas tank actually explode from this EXTREME of a collision. Kudos to MVFD and the Tesla engineers that prevented a larger catastrophe......again condolences to his family.


Posted by Justathought
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 26, 2018 at 11:09 pm

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A quick follow up on my part.........it appears that this may have been the model X instead of a model S. I have seen conflicting reports. For whatever that is worth......


Posted by @Juan
a resident of Gemello
on Mar 27, 2018 at 2:34 pm

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@Juan....dude. The car you drive literally holds flammable material that you continue to inject into the tank every time it gets low. How is it legal to drive such a vehicle on public roadways?

Indeed.


Posted by Cleave Frink
a resident of Willowgate
on Mar 27, 2018 at 9:15 pm

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All I could think about when I passed by was the incomplete life left behind at the scene. I was saddened all day.


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