Tesla on autopilot crashed into Florida highway patrol cruiser that pulled over to help a broken down vehicle
22 january 2018 in Culver City: A Tesla Model S struck the back of a parked fire truck in an accident in Culver City around 8:30 a.m. on Interstate 405 using the car’s autopilot system. The Tesla, which was traveling at 65 mph, suffered “significant damage” and the fire truck was taken out of service for bodywork.
May 30, 2018 at Laguna Beach: Authorities said a Tesla sedan on autopilot crashed into a parked police car in Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jim Cota says the officer was not in the cruiser at the time of the crash. He said the Tesla driver suffered minor injuries.
The police SUV ended up with its two wheels on the passenger side on a sidewalk.
December 7, 2019 in Norwalk, Connecticut: A 2018 Tesla Model 3 on Interstate 95 in Norwalk, Connecticut, using the Autopilot driver assistance system, backed up a parked police car.
December 29, 2019 in Cloverdale, IN: A 2019 Tesla on Interstate 70 in Cloverdale, Indiana struck the back of a parked fire truck.
Tesla driver Derrick Monet and his wife Jenna Monet were both seriously injured and rushed to hospital for immediate medical attention. Jenna eventually succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
June 30, 2020 in West Bridgewater, MA: A Weston, Massachusetts man driving a Tesla collided with a Massachusetts State Police car that was stopped in the left lane of Route 24 in West Bridgewater. A soldier who was at the scene reported that the driver, Nicholas Ciarlone, was facing a charge of negligent driving and was arrested in September 2020.
July 15, 2020 in Conchise County, AZ: A Tesla Model S struck an Arizona Department of Public Safety patrol car, causing the patrol car to stop behind against an ambulance that was at the scene of a previous car crash . No one was seriously injured, but the Tesla driver was taken to hospital with injuries.
August 26, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina: A Tesla driver watching a movie crashed into a Nash County Sheriff’s Office Assistant vehicle in Charlotte, North Carolina on US 64 West.
The driver, Devainder Goli, of Raleigh, has been charged with breaking moving law and watching TV while driving a vehicle.
February 27, 2021 in Montgomery County, Texas: The driver of a Tesla blocked a police cruise during a traffic stop in Montgomery County, Texas. Five assistant police officers were injured in the crash, which occurred around 1:15 a.m. on the Eastex Freeway near East River Road.
The Tesla driver was not injured, but was taken into custody on a DWI charge.
March 17, 2021 in Lansing, MI: A Tesla on autopilot crashed into a Michigan State Police car. Lansing Post soldiers were investigating an accident involving a car and a deer on I-96 near Waverly Rd in Eaton County at around 1:12 a.m.
While investigating the accident, a Tesla driving on autopilot struck the patrol car, whose hazard lights were on.
Neither the Tesla driver – a 22-year-old man from Lansing – nor the soldiers were injured at the scene. Police issued the unidentified man with a traffic and driving failure ticket while the license was suspended.
May 15, 2021 in Arlington, WA: A Tesla driving in Arlington, Wash. Struck a police vehicle, causing “significant damage” to the police vehicle.
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
May 19, 2021: Three people were hospitalized after a Tesla struck a Miami-Dade County Transportation Department Transportation Department Ranger truck that was blocking the left lane of I-95 to help clear debris from a previous accident.
The Tesla driver was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, though not life-threatening.
August 28, 2021: A Tesla Model 3 traveling on “autopilot” crashed into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser on August 28, on I-4 near downtown Orlando.
The Tesla driver, 27, and the driver of the disabled vehicle sustained minor injuries, although the soldier was unharmed. The accident is still under investigation.