Police can't confirm DVD was playing in fatal Tesla crash

Police found both devices in the wrecked EV, but don't know if Joshua Brown was using them.

Despite an eyewitness report, police investigating the first fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle say neither the portable DVD player or laptop found in Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S were running after he crashed into a semi-trailer.

Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant Kim Montes told CNBC that investigators did find both devices in the vehicle, but said they didn't know if Brown (shown above) was interacting with either item at the time of the wreck. It's also not clear if the wreck damaged either device beyond repair, which would make it impossible to tell if they were running when Brown hit the semi's trailer. Sgt. Montes added that the Model S did have a laptop mount, but that Brown's laptop wasn't fitted to it at the time of the accident.

Sgt. Montes' statements sound contrary to the account of Frank Baressi, the truck driver Brown crashed into in early May. The 62-year-old trucker claimed Brown was "playing Harry Potter on the TV screen" and that it "was still playing when he died."

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