Tesla Crash
  • Tesla Crash
  • A Hollywood street is closed during an investigation after a car crash involving a Tesla left half the remains wedged between two walls at Congregation Kol Ami synagogue, in West Hollywood, Calif., Friday, July 4, 2014. Authorities said several people were injured after a high-speed chase involving what was reported as a stolen Tesla. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
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  • Tesla Crash
  • A Hollywood street is closed during an investigation after a car crash involving a Tesla, center, in West Hollywood, Calif. on Friday, July 4, 2014. Authorities say several people were injured after a high-speed chase involving what was reported as a stolen Tesla. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
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  • Tesla Crash
  • A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies photograph the remains of a car crash involving a Tesla, in West Hollywood, Calif. on Friday, July 4, 2014. Authorities say several people were injured after a high-speed chase involving what was reported as a stolen Tesla. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
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  • Tesla Crash
  • A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies photograph the remains of a car crash involving a Tesla, center, in West Hollywood, Calif. on Friday, July 4, 2014. Authorities say several people were injured after a high-speed chase involving what was reported as a stolen Tesla. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
  • Image Credit: Associated Press
  • Tesla Crash
  • A Hollywood street is closed during an investigation after a car crash involving a Tesla, left with half the remains wedged between two walls at Congregation Kol Ami synagogue, in West Hollywood, Calif. on Friday, July 4, 2014. Authorities say several people were injured after a high-speed chase involving what was reported as a stolen Tesla. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
  • Image Credit: Associated Press
  • Tesla Crash
  • A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy walks past half the remains of a Tesla that wedged between two walls at Congregation Kol Ami synagogue in West Hollywood, Calif. on Friday, July 4, 2014. Authorities say several people were injured after a high-speed chase involving what was reported as a stolen Tesla. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
  • Image Credit: Associated Press
  • Tesla Crash
  • A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy photographs the remains of a Tesla in West Hollywood, Calif. on Friday, July 4, 2014. Authorities say several people were injured after a high-speed chase involving what was reported as a stolen Tesla. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
  • Image Credit: Associated Press
  • Tesla Crash
  • A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy walks past half the remains of a Tesla that wedged between two walls at Congregation Kol Ami synagogue in West Hollywood, Calif. on Friday, July 4, 2014. Authorities say several people were injured after a high-speed chase involving what was reported as a stolen Tesla. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
  • Image Credit: Associated Press
  • Tesla Crash
  • A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy photographs the remains of a Tesla in West Hollywood, Calif. on Friday, July 4, 2014. Authorities say several people were injured after a high-speed chase involving what was reported as a stolen Tesla. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
  • Image Credit: Associated Press
Multiple injuries were reported in a dangerous high-speed crash involving a Tesla Model S this holiday weekend in Los Angeles. The EV was apparently stolen from a local Tesla store and was driven at triple-digit speeds through LA a little before 1 am, a sergeant Campbell from the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division told KTLA 5.

"They tried to help but there was too much smoke." – Eyewitness

Following a call from employees at the store, police chased the apparent thief through LA until he crashed into two cars and a lamp post. The Model S split in half, with the back end getting wedged into a nearby synagogue while the front half caught on fire. An eyewitness told NBC Los Angeles that, "Everybody who was looking was screaming. They tried to help but there was too much smoke."

What, exactly, caused the fire is unknown, but let's just rehash the old chestnut that Tesla EVs are not inherently fire traps and that driving at over 100 miles per hour is a dangerous endeavor in any vehicle. It was originally reported that the thief died, but he, along with people from the cars he hit, were taken to the hospital for treatment and he is reportedly still alive.

More to come, most assuredly, and for now you can watch three local TV news video reports below.







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      EVSUPERHERO
      • 5 Months Ago
      I can only hope the owner of the car does not have State Farm insurance as they would rather litigate than pay for damages when it comes to repairing Tesla's.
      DarylMc
      • 5 Months Ago
      I think it would be a great idea to use GPS data to limit the speed of high performance vehicles to something close to the speed limit. Then have some sort of secure over ride if need be. Not just for cases like this and not solely directed at Tesla. I would be glad to at least have the option to let technology control the maximum vehicle speed in relation to the speed limit of the road. It should be easy to implement, help people avoid speeding tickets, make the vehicle less of a joyride target and improve safety on the roads.
        Joeviocoe
        • 5 Months Ago
        @DarylMc
        Tesla, Nissan, Toyota, etc... will all have a version of that for their autonomous vehicle. As we ease into letting computers do the driving... speed management based on zones will become norm.
          DarylMc
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Hi Joeviocoe It doesn't seem like it would be too hard. My new car yells "danger" if I go 5kmh over the limit. It's adjustable and can be silenced which it often is because the GPS data is not completely accurate. There are 2 separate uses in what I was thinking of. A valet type setting by default to restrict the speed somewhat less than 100mph in the city and a help me not get a speeding ticket setting. Here in Australia we have fixed, random roadside and mobile speed cameras in Police vehicles. It is not uncommon for people to be fined for less than 5kmh or 3 mph over the posted limit. I think the option to have the vehicle assist minding the speed for you would be a welcome feature right now. If it was adjustable and able to be turned off I can't see anyone objecting either. Some time ago I had what I thought was a brilliant idea for a GPS controlled, servo modulated 2 stage spring on the accelerator pedal to assist with speed compliance and still allow for override by pressing harder. But I'm pretty sure someone else has a patent on that.
        Iamazing
        • 5 Months Ago
        @DarylMc
        Um, no. I don't need my car being monitored and controlled by outside entities. I am a private citizen and my vehicle is private property not subject to the direct control of other people. Feel free to have that "feature" installed on your car and quit dictating the infringement of other peoples freedom.
      goodoldgorr
      • 5 Months Ago
      I found this article on tesla on seeking alpha. http://seekingalpha.com/article/2296115-could-toyotas-upcoming-fcv-become-a-threat-to-tesla?ifp=0
        bluepongo1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        http://teslamondo.com/2014/05/25/seems-tesla-should-watch-out-move-over/
        bluepongo1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Saving up $70,000 for a hydrogen car to replace your Dodge Neon ? Enjoy my links @ goodoldgorr . ;-)
        bluepongo1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/entry.php/164-auto-industry-playing-dirty-with-hydrogen
        Grendal
        • 5 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Seeking Alpha is about the same as the Autoblog comments. You'll find every person has an opinion and every extreme imaginable. It takes a lot of effort to sort through the crap to find the useful information.
        bluepongo1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/entry.php/145-a-comprehensive-review-of-leading-tesla-fud-touchpoints
        DarylMc
        • 5 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Hi goodoldgorr Perhaps you could paraphrase it since I am not going to register.
      car czar
      • 5 Months Ago
      Worlds safest car award goes to Tesla!! Elon is probably watching news and smiling. That's what I call over engineering.
        ebn.hahn
        • 5 Months Ago
        @car czar
        What!!?? You are kdding correct!!!. The piece of @#$% broke into two pieces!!!!. That is Bad Engineering... Because the guy survived has nothing to do with Engineering.. Remember Two Pieces!!! with front piece catching FIRE!!!!!!!!
          Dave D
          • 5 Months Ago
          @ebn.hahn
          The car was going over 100mph in downtown Los Angeles you stupid douche. What do you think ANY car would do? Google high speed wrecks and look at some of the pictures. God, can you be a dumber douche???
          Technoir
          • 5 Months Ago
          @ebn.hahn
          Ebn hahn Your BMW would break in 4 pieces at 100mph, you douche.
      Grendal
      • 5 Months Ago
      I get the feeling that people aren't going to freak out about this as much as those other three and this is worse than they were. The guy had to have hit that pole at only a fraction of the 100 MPH sideways to cut the car in half through the battery pack. Too bad there isn't a video of the actual accident.
      • 10 Months Ago
      "What, exactly, caused the fire is unknown" I'm guessing that crashing into two cars, hitting a light post and BREAKING IN F***ING HALF at 100mph may have caused it to catch fire.
      Electron
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wonder about the thieves motives. First he steals a car any self-respecting car thief knows will be tracked, than he manages to shake the cops yet keeps driving like a maniac until he loses control. Maybe he just wanted to make the news?
        superlightv12
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Electron
        Maybe he was just an idiot? There seems to be an epidemic of that the last few years.
          Joeviocoe
          • 5 Months Ago
          @superlightv12
          The last few years brings the Internet to every corner of your life... and thus, the even 15 minutes of fame, now can last 15 days.
          Grendal
          • 5 Months Ago
          @superlightv12
          They've always been around. Now they just make the news a lot more with the 24 hour news cycle.
      piggybox
      • 5 Months Ago
      Too bad he's still alive
      danfred311
      • 5 Months Ago
      Like a glove.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 5 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        Ha ha, I get it Dan, It's like Ace Vantura parked the rear half.
      skoobey
      • 5 Months Ago
      So sad.
      btulliani
      • 5 Months Ago
      Too bad the scum bag hurt innocent people........
      JakeY
      • 5 Months Ago
      Watch the video it's different from the written article. As for the injury count, not everyone in the Civic was injured. The official count appears to be: 2 in the Tesla, 4 in the two other cars involved. Here's another source that says there was a passenger in the Tesla: "Campbell said one of the theft suspects was ejected from the Tesla, possibly through the windshield. A videographer said he saw firefighters drag the other suspect from the Tesla’s front end as it burned. Four of the five people in the other two vehicles hit by the Tesla were injured, one seriously, Campbell said." http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20140704/6-injured-when-stolen-tesla-crashes-splits-in-2-in-west-hollywood
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