Tesla kills New York man changing tyre on expressway

Occurred: July 2021

Jean Louis, a 52-year-old man from Cambria Heights, New York, was struck and killed by a Tesla when he was fixing a flat tire on the left shoulder of an expressway.

In September 2021, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it had despatched a Special Crash Investigation team to investigate the incident, only the tenth time the team has be dispatched to a fatal accident. 

Initial analysis suggested the driver may have been using Tesla's partially automated Autopilot driver assistance system. 

The incident came three weeks after the NHTSA had opened an official investigation into Tesla’s partially automated driving systems and their involvement in accidents involving parked emergency vehicles.

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