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Family from Indianapolis Files Lawsuit Against Tesla Alleging Defects Caused Victim to Burn Alive

July 01, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – According to an online news report at, a family from Indianapolis is suing Tesla due to the fact that a victim died while being burned alive allegedly from defects in the vehicle.*

A wife of a deceased man is suing Tesla because, as she alleges, her husband died while being burned alive in a crash that killed two people as a result of car defects.  

The wrongful death case was filed in a California court earlier this week.  The suit seeks damages for what it alleges to be the company’s negligence for a series of defects they state led to the fiery accident.

According to eyewitnesses, they indicated to firefighters that the vehicle was going at an excessive rate of speed before it slammed into a tree.  The impact of the accident caused the car to disintegrate, leaving a field of wreckage over one hundred fifty yards long.  

The lawsuit provides that the woman’s husband attempted to exit the vehicle but was unable to, causing him to literally burn alive.

Per the Indianapolis Fire Department, firefights were unable to reach the victims because of several fires that erupted on and inside the vehicle.  They were forced to battle the main fire on the Tesla itself as well as smaller ones that were originating from the vehicle’s lithium-ion batteries.  The fire department notes that the lithium-ion battery cells “fired off almost like projectiles” while fire crews attempted to extinguish the flames.

Firefighters were only able to pull the victims from the car after twenty minutes once they were able to contain the fire.  The woman’s husband died at a local hospital and the other victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  The other victim was reported as having a blood alcohol level of 0.21 percent at the time of the accident, per the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

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