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Report: Driver In Double Fatal Tesla Crash Was Intoxicated

Indianapolis police released an updated report Wednesday on the November crash.traffic fatalities, Tesla, Tesla S2017-02-08T00:00:00-05:00
Report: Driver In Double Fatal Tesla Crash Was Intoxicated

The crash scene along Illinois Street just north of 16th Street as it was on November 3.

Leigh DeNoon/WFYI

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police say the driver of a speeding Tesla electric car that crashed and burned in Indianapolis, killing her and a passenger, was too drunk to drive.

Indianapolis police released an updated report Wednesday on the November crash. It says 27-year-old driver Casey Speckman had a blood-alcohol level of 0.21 percent and 44-year-old passenger Kevin McCarthy, the owner of the Model S, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 percent. Indiana's legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Palo Alto, California-based Tesla Motors has said it's unlikely its semi-autonomous Autopilot system was engaged when the car crashed, because Autopilot would have limited the vehicle's speed to less than 35 miles per hour on the street where the crash occurred.

Tesla told The Indianapolis Star in a story published Wednesday that it's working with investigators.

 

 

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