Tesla driver charged with 'manslaughter' - DALTONHURD

Tesla driver charged with ‘manslaughter’

A Tesla car in the streets of Paris, December 14, 2021.

The driver of the Tesla electric taxi which caused a fatal accident in Paris was indicted on Wednesday, December 15, for “manslaughter and involuntary injuries by motorized land vehicle”. He was placed under judicial supervision.

The G7 taxi company announced on Monday that it would shut down 37 electric vehicles of the same model (Tesla Model 3) as the taxi involved in this spectacular accident, which left one dead and 19 injured on Saturday, according to a latest report. . The manufacturer ruled out any technical failure.

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“My client is really very shocked by the accident, which was particularly violent”told Agence France-Presse the driver’s lawyer, Ms.e Sarah Saldmann. “It was an accident for him, he did everything to press the brake pedal, which got stuck, and at the same time, the car raced and drove excessively fast”, she added, recalling that the car was not equipped with a handbrake. The electric vehicle had been purchased new ” three months ago “ and had not presented any difficulty until then, according to the lawyer.

The prosecution, which opened a preliminary investigation on Saturday, entrusted the investigations to investigating judges on Wednesday. The investigation will have to determine the causes of the accident, relying in particular on technical expertise.

The Model 3, Tesla’s bestseller

Saturday evening, the driver, aged about fifty, was not on duty. He was traveling with his wife and daughters, according to Me Saldmann, when he lost control of his vehicle in the 13e district of Paris.

The taxi knocked down two pedestrians then hit a glass container which, under the shock caused by the speed, was thrown in the air before exploding on the ground. The vehicle then hit a traffic light. He eventually ended up in a van driving in the middle of the crossroads, according to a police source’s account.

Tesla, which has access to certain technical data, assured that there was “no technical failure” of his car. Tesla’s Model 3 is the American manufacturer’s bestseller and one of the best-selling electric cars in Europe. The vehicle is not autonomous, but is equipped with a driving assistance on the highway, which requires you to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

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The World with AFP

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