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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      JakeY
      • 8 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
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 8 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.
      Grendal
      • 8 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.
      Abhinav
      • 8 Months Ago
      I've seen Volvo's in the early 200's go through crashes like that and survive. Move on, the Tesla hype continues, or should I say "over hype", since we know the cars are indeed very good, but not Godlike.
        jonnybimmer
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Abhinav
        "I've seen Volvo's in the early 200's go through crashes like that and survive. " No you haven't.
        Koenigsegg
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Abhinav
        Your right, the Tesla is more than god like
      btulliani
      • 8 Months Ago
      Too bad the scum bag hurt innocent people........
      d.hollywood
      • 8 Months Ago
      Should police be involved in/initiate/encourage car chases?
        Spec
        • 8 Months Ago
        @d.hollywood
        Apparently they gave up the chase. The thief just continued to drive like an idiot.
          pwr2lbs
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Spec
          You almost never see that happen.
          Aaron
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Spec
          @pwr2lbs: Actually, most police departments have a policy to call off chases where the suspect vehicle is driving so dangerously that it will likely cause death or injury to the general public.
      piggybox
      • 8 Months Ago
      Too bad he's still alive
      jeff
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well, Most of us think your Anti-Tesla rants are mostly bunk....
      Electron
      • 1 Year 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
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Electron
        Maybe he was just an idiot? There seems to be an epidemic of that the last few years.
          Joeviocoe
          • 8 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
          • 8 Months Ago
          @superlightv12
          They've always been around. Now they just make the news a lot more with the 24 hour news cycle.
      danfred311
      • 8 Months Ago
      Like a glove.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 8 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        Ha ha, I get it Dan, It's like Ace Vantura parked the rear half.
      skoobey
      • 8 Months Ago
      So sad.
      • 1 Year 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.
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