Self-Driving Cars

CHP Investigating Deadly Fontana Tesla Crash To See If Self-Driving Computer Played Part

FONTANA (CBSLA) – A man died in a horrific crash while driving his Tesla, and now the California Highway Patrol is trying to determine if the computer in the car, which gives it the ability to self-drive, was a factor.

Steven Hendrickson, 35, of Running Springs, posted pictures of his white Tesla on Instagram with hashtags such as #blessed and #lifeisbeautiful a few months before the deadly crash that took his life.

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Hendrickson posted pictures of his Tesla to Instagram on March 9.

It happened May 5 around 2:35 a.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway in Fontana.

The Tesla plowed into a disabled tractor-trailer, killing Hendrickson. The truck driver and a good Samaritan who stopped to help were seriously injured.

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The California Highway Patrol is now investigating the crash and whether or not the self-driving feature of the car had anything to do with the accident.

“There has not been a final determination made as to what driving mode the Tesla was in or if it was a contributing factor to the crash,” the CHP said.

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CBSLA reached out to Tesla for comment but we have not heard back.



Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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