Tesla Model Y crashes into tractor-trailer, killing driver

Occurred: July 2023

A bakery owner was killed when his Tesla Model Y struck the side of a tractor-trailer truck pulling out of a truck stop in Warrenton, Virginia.

The tractor-trailer was turning onto a highway from a truck stop before the Tesla struck its side and went underneath the truck, killing Tesla driver Pablo Teodoro III. Local police said the driver of the truck, Leroy Kenneth, was cited for reckless driving in connection with the crash. 

The incident led to an investigation by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into the incident, which suspected the vehicle was relying on its Autopilot driver assistance system.

In July 2023, the NHTSA opened (pdf) an investigation into Tesla's Autopilot system following multiple incidents involving into parked emergency vehicles. 

Operator: Pablo Teodoro III
Developer: Tesla

Country: USA

Sector: Automotive

Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking

Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety

Transparency: Black box

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Type: Incident
Published: September 2023
Last updated: November 2023