Feds probe NY Tesla crash that killed man changing flat tire

by Joseph K. Clark

The U.S. government’s road safety agency has added another fatality involving a Tesla to the list of crashes it is probing due to the use of partially automated driving systems

DETROIT — The U.S. government’s road safety agency has added another fatality involving a Tesla to the list of crashes it is probing due to the use of partially automated driving systems.

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A special crash investigation team was dispatched to a July 26 crash on the Long Island Expressway in New York. A man was killed by a Tesla Model Y SUV, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Friday.

The New York Police Department said that early on July 26, a 52-year-old man was hit by a Tesla and killed while changing a flat tire on his vehicle, parked on the left shoulder of the Long Island Expressway in Queens. The Tesla driver remained at the scene, and the department identified the victim as Jean Louis of Cambria Heights, New York. On Friday, police said they’re conferring with NHTSA in the continuing investigation, and no arrest has been made.

A message was left Friday seeking comment from Tesla, which is based in Palo Alto, California. In the past, the company has said Autopilot is a driver-assist system and that drivers must be ready to intervene at all times. Tesla has been criticized by the National Transportation Safety Board and others who say it needs a more robust system to watch drivers make sure they are paying attention. Michael R. Sisak in New York contributed to this report.

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