So, we asked Tesla what it knew about the situation, especially the battery issue, and a Tesla spokesperson told AutoblogGreen that, "Technical personnel are on the scene, and we are working with the authorities to establish the facts of the incident and offer our full cooperation. We are deeply saddened to hear that this accident involved a fatality. We will share our findings as soon as possible following the investigation."
In other words, sit tight for now.
Whether or not the fatal crash involved Autopilot is not yet known, but local report say that the 53-year-old driver swerved off the road and crashed into a tree.
UPDATE: Telsa sent us the following statement late on Wednesday: We are working with the authorities to establish the facts of the incident and offer our full cooperation. Thus far, we can confirm from the car's logs that Autopilot was not engaged at any time during the drive cycle and that, consistent with the damage that was observed after the vehicle struck the tree, the vehicle was being driven more than 155 kph.