Woman in Rented Tesla Hits Couple in San Francisco, California
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – According to an online news report posted at mycentraloregon.com, a woman driving a rented Tesla hit a husband and wife who were out walking in San Francisco, California. The woman had reportedly rented the Tesla through a cellphone app and failed to stop for a red light at an intersection. Mycentraloregon.com reports that the husband tragically died in the accident, and the wife was critically injured.*
The accident happened on a weekend afternoon, while a husband and wife from California were vacationing in the Bay Area in celebration of their wedding anniversary. The San Francisco Police Department reports that the couple was walking around the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, when a Tesla vehicle ran through a red light.
Police said the Tesla crashed into a Mini Cooper after running the light, then both vehicles lost control and hit the couple walking in the road. Police said the driver of the Tesla, a 21-year-old woman from Vallejo, California, had rented the vehicle by using the app Getaround, which allows people to drive other people’s cars for a set period. It is not clear what caused her to run the light.
Mycentraloregon.com reports that the husband and wife were both taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where the husband tragically died from his injuries. The report indicates that the wife sustained serious injuries and is still hospitalized in critical condition.
The San Francisco Police Department reported that the Tesla driver and the Mini Cooper driver remained at the scene, and both have been cooperating with the accident investigation. Officers said that neither driver was injured. Mycentraloregon.com says the Tesla driver was placed under arrest and charged with vehicular manslaughter. Authorities are looking into whether the woman had the Tesla in Autopilot mode, which is a semi-autonomous driving feature in Tesla vehicles.
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