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Parents of Florida Teen Killed in Tesla Crash File Lawsuit

January 15, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. – According to an online news report from, the parents of a Florida teenager who was killed in May 2018 in a Tesla crash have filed a lawsuit against the carmaker.* 

On May 8, 2018, 18-year-old Edgar Monserratt Martinez was a passenger in a Tesla Model S being driven by 18-year-old Barrett Riley. The Tesla crashed into a wall on Seabreeze Boulevard in Broward County, Florida, and caught on fire. Martinez and Riley died in the collision. A third person in the car was thrown from the vehicle and injured. 

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board indicates that the Tesla was traveling 116 mph in the three seconds prior to the crash. The area where the crash occurred has a 25 mph limit — marked by a flashing beacon — due to a curve in the road. The Tesla slowed to 86 mph as the air bags deployed, and the vehicle bounced and crashed into the wall a second time. 

After the resulting vehicle fire was extinguished, NTSB indicates the Tesla’s lithium-ion battery caught on fire two additional times. One of these fires occurred as the car was being loaded onto a tow truck, and the other occurred at the storage yard. 

On January 8, Martinez’s parents have filed a lawsuit in Broward County Circuit Court, alleging that the battery pack in the Tesla Model S was defective, and the vehicle did not have adequate measures to prevent post-crash fires. They are seeking more than $15,000 in damages. 

Tesla said in a statement: “Our thoughts continue to be with the families affected by this tragedy. Unfortunately, no car could have withstood a high-speed crash of this kind.” 

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