A 38-year-old man from York, Pennsylvania, lost his life in a car crash involving a Tesla Model X in Hanover, Maryland, on Wednesday morning.
According to the Anne Arundel County police, the accident occurred around 7:40 a.m. at the intersection of Annapolis Road and Piedmont Lane. A 2015 Dodge Dart, driven by Joseph Richard Muniz, was turning left onto Piedmont Lane when it was hit by a 2020 Tesla Model X, traveling westbound on Annapolis Road.
The impact caused the Dodge Dart to overturn and eject Muniz, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Tesla, a 42-year-old man from Columbia, Maryland, was not injured.
The police said that the primary cause of the crash was the failure of Muniz to yield the right of way to the Tesla. They also said that speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.
The police are still investigating whether the Tesla was operating in autopilot mode or not. They are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information to contact the Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573.
The fatal crash in Hanover is the latest in a series of accidents involving Tesla vehicles, raising questions about the safety and reliability of their autopilot system. Tesla claims that its autopilot system can reduce the likelihood of accidents by 10 times, but also warns that drivers must remain attentive and ready to take over at any time.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched investigations into more than 20 crashes involving Tesla vehicles, some of which resulted in deaths. The NHTSA has also asked Tesla to recall about 158,000 vehicles over potential defects in their touchscreen displays.