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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Soulskill posted about 3 months ago | from the marketed-as-a-thief-termination-feature dept.

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mrspoonsi sends this news from The Verge: Elon Musk can no longer say that no one's ever died in a Tesla automobile crash. But few people will be pointing fingers at the electric car maker for this senseless tragedy. Earlier this month, 26-year-old Joshua Slot managed to successfully ride off with a Model S he'd stolen from a Tesla service center in Los Angeles, but police quickly spotted the luxury vehicle and gave chase. According to Park Labrea News, the high-speed pursuit was eventually called off after officers were involved in a fender bender of their own, leaving the police department strained for resources and without any feasible way of catching up to Slot. Reports claim he was traveling at speeds of "nearly 100 mph," but losing the police tail apparently didn't convince Slot to hit the brakes. Instead he sped on, eventually colliding with three other vehicles and a pair of street poles. The final impact was severe enough to "split the Tesla in half" and eject Slot from the car's remains. The Tesla's front section wound up in the middle of the road and caught fire. Its rear portion flew through the air with such force that it slammed into the side of a local Jewish community center and became wedged there.

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Jews? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433369)

Holy fuck, the lawyers will be at this for millenia.

Re:Jews? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433447)

Yeah, really..

It couldn't just be slammed into the side of a building and became wedged there. Nooo, it had to be a local Jewish community center... as opposed to one in another city.

Re:Jews? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433765)

Holy fuck, the lawyers will be at this for millenia.

Or Israel will retaliate by bombing Los Angeles.

 

Re: Jews? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433823)

To continue your deft analysis of current events, they'll call first and watch to make sure the civilians are out before surgically bombing the thief's house.

Died Outside a Tesla (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433381)

Considering he was thrown from the vehicle (likely from not wearing a seatbelt) I'm not sure you could say he died 'in' a Tesla.

Re:Died Outside a Tesla (5, Funny)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | about 3 months ago | (#47433761)

Died "near" a Tesla.

Re:Died Outside a Tesla (0)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 3 months ago | (#47433791)

Died after driving a Telsa.

Died Outside a Tesla (5, Funny)

slashdice (3722985) | about 3 months ago | (#47433827)

I guess they can also charge him with "leaving the scene of a crime"

first death (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433385)

havent posted on /. in some 10 years now

Re:first death (2, Funny)

i kan reed (749298) | about 3 months ago | (#47433523)

Make it another 10, please.

Re:first death (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433689)

Haha. Like Slashdot will still be here in 10 years, or even 5.

Thrown from the vehicle (5, Insightful)

Megahard (1053072) | about 3 months ago | (#47433389)

So, assuming he wasn't already dead, technically he didn't die in the Tesla.

Re:Thrown from the vehicle (5, Informative)

Joe Gillian (3683399) | about 3 months ago | (#47433409)

He didn't die in the car itself, but he died of injuries sustained from the car crash. The summary makes this distinction by saying "in a Tesla automobile crash", but the article itself does not.

Re:Thrown from the vehicle (1)

Whorhay (1319089) | about 3 months ago | (#47433505)

The Business Insider link said that he was resusitated but died later.

Re:Thrown from the vehicle (2, Informative)

BradMajors (995624) | about 3 months ago | (#47433693)

No. The article says that he died at the scene, but was later resuscitated. He died twice.

Re:Thrown from the vehicle (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433545)

Loking at those pictures, while bad it was probably survivable if he had been wearing a seat belt. It was being ejected that killed him.

Re:Thrown from the vehicle (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433633)

Indeed. You can't blame Tesla for the fuckhead not buckling up.

Re:Thrown from the vehicle (2)

tempestdata (457317) | about 3 months ago | (#47433837)

" Emergency responders suspected that Slot was already dead when they arrived at the debris-littered scene. But he wasn't. Perhaps it's a testament to Tesla's safety measures that Slot remained alive and was briefly resuscitated en route to the hospital"

From the article...

Holy crap. perhaps he died of medical malpractice :O

Why is this news? (0)

Meshach (578918) | about 3 months ago | (#47433397)

This has nothing to to with the Tesla; wouldn't matter what was being driven.

Re:Why is this news? (4, Informative)

aevan (903814) | about 3 months ago | (#47433421)

Three cars, two poles, a building, 100mph..and even then, died later?
*amused* give some credit to the Tesla for him lasting that long

Re:Why is this news? (1)

danomatika (1977210) | about 3 months ago | (#47433467)

He probably wasn't wearing a seat belt. Judging from the pictures the driver's compartment and front seat were intact, so the crash would have probably been survivable if he was buckled up.

Re:Why is this news? (1)

HuntingHades (2010088) | about 3 months ago | (#47433729)

Unless he was unconscious from the impact and then died in the fire (as reported the front end caught fire) if no one bothered to rescue him.

Re:Why is this news? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433521)

Yeah, just reading the description, most american and asian cars wouldn't have lasted that long. This car was split in half and still managed to embed itself in a building. The car thief must have been going well over 100mph to have a substantial amount of kinetic energy to do that.

Re:Why is this news? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433513)

Because Teslas are evil, dangerous cars that are upsetting the status quo by selling direct to the customer. Only manufacturers that sell cars though a dealer are safe enough to be driven without killing anyone.

(in other words, all bad news about Teslas are exaggerated beyond belief, kind of how like cyclists are a menace on city streets due to all of the traffic laws they break, even though cars kill tens of thousands of people a year).

Re:Why is this news? (1, Insightful)

Sowelu (713889) | about 3 months ago | (#47433767)

Cyclists ARE a menace, to themselves. I nearly killed one two years ago because he blew a stop sign coming down a hill, swerved in front of me, hooked his tires into a trolley track and fell over about 20' in front of my car. If I hadn't been driving below the speed limit he would have been street pizza.

Biking in hilly, high density areas (like downtown Seattle) should require a license. One that can be revoked.

Re:Why is this news? (1)

parkinglot777 (2563877) | about 3 months ago | (#47433793)

(in other words, all bad news about Teslas are exaggerated beyond belief, kind of how like cyclists are a menace on city streets due to all of the traffic laws they break, even though cars kill tens of thousands of people a year).

Wait... What 'cars kill tens of thousands of people' has to do with 'cyclist are menace on city'? They are 2 completely different stories. In other words, even though the statement about cars kill a lot of people is true, the statement does NOT make the cyclist are menace to be false.

fr0sty p1SS! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433399)

frosty p1SS!!!

another tesla fire (5, Funny)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 3 months ago | (#47433417)

from summary: The Tesla's front section wound up in the middle of the road and caught fire.

Yup, another tesla fire.

Re:another tesla fire (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 3 months ago | (#47433503)

Arg, beat me to it.

Re:another tesla fire (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433507)

I can't think of many cars that wouldn't be on fire after being in a 100 MPH+ crash, split in two, and then thrown with enough force to get wedged into a building. Not unless the engineering team is led by Michael Bay...

Re:another tesla fire (3, Insightful)

neminem (561346) | about 3 months ago | (#47433711)

You're saying Michael Bay's engineering team designs ways for cars to *not* catch on fire? I would think rather the exact opposite would be true.

Re:another tesla fire (1)

harrkev (623093) | about 3 months ago | (#47433543)

And how many cars do you think are completely safe from fire after a 100 MPH collision?

This does nothing to tarnish the safety of a Tesla, in my mind. I still would not buy one, but mostly because I can't afford it.

Re:another tesla fire (1)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 3 months ago | (#47433731)

cmon man, have a laugh.

Caught Fire. AGAIN (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433419)

See??? These cars are unsafe!

Anti-Theft (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433427)

Sounds like an anti-theft feature.

Oh yes he can. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433429)

Actually, he was ejected from the Tesla, so I think we cannot say with certainty he died 'inside' the Tesla... Also, who isn't to say this was a terrorist suicide mission to destroy the Jewish community center??

Obama! (-1, Offtopic)

danomatika (1977210) | about 3 months ago | (#47433431)

It's Obama's fault!

Great Story! (5, Funny)

rullywowr (1831632) | about 3 months ago | (#47433443)

Well, that was an electrifying story! I really got a charge out of it.

Re:Great Story! (1, Funny)

DJCouchyCouch (622482) | about 3 months ago | (#47433577)

I'm shocked, SHOCKED, at your use of puns.

Hi speed chase, hum? (3, Insightful)

Koyaanisqatsi (581196) | about 3 months ago | (#47433469)

So, in who's interest is it that the police perform these "for show" stunts?

Wouldn't it be much better to deploy a helicopter, drone or other means of tracking the car from a distance, and not risk killing several bystanders in a crash? This time only the bad guy died, but even him did not deserve capital punishment for a car jack ...

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (0)

maroberts (15852) | about 3 months ago | (#47433541)

Having had the experience of having my own performance car stolen temporarily, and damaging it to the extent of needing a new engine and reupholstering, at the time I felt capital punishment is not enough.

You may think this is a little severe, but people who are into cars feel they have had part of their soul ripped out of them if it is stolen and trashed, especially if it is their personal hobby and they are doing it at the limits of their budget.

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (3, Insightful)

ClintJCL (264898) | about 3 months ago | (#47433615)

And that is a mechanism making it okay for innocent people to die because _______________?

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (5, Insightful)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | about 3 months ago | (#47433775)

Having had the experience of having my own performance car stolen temporarily, and damaging it to the extent of needing a new engine and reupholstering, at the time I felt capital punishment is not enough.

You may think this is a little severe, but people who are into cars feel they have had part of their soul ripped out of them if it is stolen and trashed, especially if it is their personal hobby and they are doing it at the limits of their budget.

I understand that many people attach a lot of their self-image to their vehicles, and devote disproportionate time, attention, and money to them. That doesn't mean that their priorities should be encoded into law.

Your hobby is not more important to society in general than human life. Yes, it may be more important to you than some other person's life. Laws exist partly to mediate between people's conflicting self-interest.

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (1)

Clockwurk (577966) | about 3 months ago | (#47433835)

Your car is a mass produced automobile, it's not part of your soul.

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (2)

bondsbw (888959) | about 3 months ago | (#47433547)

capital punishment

Well that's one way to rewrite the story. Why don't we just go ahead and say he driving an electric chair?

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 3 months ago | (#47433565)

And not for endangering the lives of everyone else in the city while he was speeding on his joyride either?
Stealing a car is the least of his crimes.

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433595)

you forgot the fact that the car is connected and has a gps. I'm sure with a warrant they could easily get the location from Tesla with out a problem

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433597)

When the police called off the chase (for other reasons) and he kept going at 100+mph, there's no "punishment" involved, let alone capital punishment. This is a Darwin Award pure and simple, pure suicide-by-stupid.

I do agree that police chases are a spectacle who's time has long-sinced passed, but you mention drones as a means of tracking them, and they're now "teh new evil" no matter what purpose they're put to by authorities, so until the country gets a little less schizophrenic I don't see that changing.

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433617)

This time only the bad guy died, but even him did not deserve capital punishment for a car jack ...

Imposed by .. himself? Fucking good riddance, burn in Hell, is all this jerk gets from me.

1. His actions (speeding and dangerous driving) endangered everyone else on the road
2. See #1

What's the difference between someone waving a gun in public and speeding down the road? You don't generally go to jail for 2nd one and murdering people in the 2nd one is called "an accident".

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433707)

I'm not saying he deserved to die, but the cops didn't force him to run.

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (4, Insightful)

tipo159 (1151047) | about 3 months ago | (#47433709)

Did you read article? The police had given up on the chase before the guy crashed the Tesla that the final time.

According to the source, "the pursuit was terminated because there wasn’t enough time or police resources in the area to catch up with the vehicle." It didn't help that the pursuing officers were involved with a minor collision of their own.

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (1)

StikyPad (445176) | about 3 months ago | (#47433783)

A) Police can't initiate a high speed chase without someone that's already fleeing at high speed.
B) The police stopped chasing him.
C) He kept fleeing!

"Approaching" 100MPH is what many people do on the way to work every day where the speed limits are 75, and Tesla's should easily be able to handle that speed. Definitely operator error all the way in this case.

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433795)

Correct, he did not deserve capital punishment for stealing a car. And .. that's not what he got. He received [sadly] the consequences of his choices to drive recklessly in a stolen vehicle. Capital Punishment would have been delivered from the court system. This was delivered by his feet/hands and obstacles in his way.

The tracking via helicopter or drone is a decent idea ... but how do you track until you can get one on site to do said tracking? Backdoors in all cars for law enforcement to use [ bad idea]?

Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433871)

So, in who's interest is it that the police perform these "for show" stunts?

Wouldn't it be much better to deploy a helicopter, drone or other means of tracking the car from a distance, and not risk killing several bystanders in a crash? This time only the bad guy died, but even him did not deserve capital punishment for a car jack ...

Did you read the article? The police stopped pursuit because they felt it was too dangerous.

Software for the win, again.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433483)

Now THAT is an antitheft system......

Why so much hate for Tesla? (0)

Agares (1890982) | about 3 months ago | (#47433525)

Seriously why does Tesla always get so much flak? My guess is that somone out there doesn't like the idea of a car that doesn't need oil and can charge from solar energy.

Re:Why so much hate for Tesla? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433611)

It's really only through the media. EVERYONE I talk to about Tesla thinks they are incredible and are proud that the car is an American car. I think Tesla is what an American car should be, and not the government motors garbge out tehre.

Re:Why so much hate for Tesla? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433635)

Two reasons:
1) The Slashdot userbase is pretty rabidly in favor of Elon Musk and anything he does, so any story about his endeavors (or setbacks) is ad-view gold for Dice.

2) As you are a part of the rabid fanbase mentioned above, neutral stories will appear hostile to you. Jokes and sarcasm will appear to be direct personal attacks.

See if you rage at this summary: "For the first time someone driving a Tesla has died as a result of a Tesla crash, a car thief who was driving at minimum 50% over the speed limit and had successfully outrun the nitro-boost-capable police cruisers that had attempted to pursue him."

Re:Why so much hate for Tesla? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433805)

Seriously why does Tesla always get so much flak?

Because he's rich and not a sports or entertainment celebrity.

Too bad about the car, not the person (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433527)

It's too bad the car was destroyed, that is the true loss in this story. The person driving it obviously did not like living in normal society so at least he removed himself from it.

Ejected from car -- seatbelt? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433529)

Moral of the story: If you are going to steal a Telsa and drive it through the streets at absurd speeds, then be sure you buckle up! You can't expect Elon Musk to do it for you.

Re:Ejected from car -- seatbelt? (4, Funny)

Dins (2538550) | about 3 months ago | (#47433691)

...be sure you buckle up! You can't expect Elon Musk to do it for you.

Don't give anybody any ideas!

Fuck! - was he thrown here, or there, or through.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433555)

.. the looking glass itself?

ItS SlAsHdOt!

ItS tEsLa!!

ItS a FuCkInG sToRy, MaN!!!

Re:Fuck! - was he thrown here, or there, or throug (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433631)

Slot EjEcT!

- dIg ThAt DaMn, ThRo ThE AiR, tEsLa StEaLiN mOfO!

- man Slot, you lived the DrEaM - 1sT!!! To DiE iN a TeSlA, DoOoOoOoOdDdDdD!!!

Re:Fuck! - was he thrown here, or there, or throug (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433769)

HA! - my first -1!

Slashdot, Tesla, go crawl up eachm other arses and die already, please.

I remember the days, when Ole Slot was a Pup.. but, fuck it, -1 for humour?

- Thats SaAaAdDdD. Seriously.

Remote Kill Switch. (1)

Deathlizard (115856) | about 3 months ago | (#47433557)

I thought Tesla's had remote kill switches.

Couldn't the police just call Tesla and have them disable the car?

Re:Remote Kill Switch. (1)

operagost (62405) | about 3 months ago | (#47433679)

Well, I hope not.

Seriously, aren't we already close enough to a literal police state? As a manufacturer, I would refuse to enable such an option for the police without a written warrant in my face. Is that feasible during a car chase? Too bad; that's the price of liberty.

Re:Remote Kill Switch. (1)

Plunky (929104) | about 3 months ago | (#47433785)

what about for the owner, who presumably knew that it had been stolen by this time..?b

Re:Remote Kill Switch. (1)

AnOnyxMouseCoward (3693517) | about 3 months ago | (#47433741)

Considering he stole the car from a Tesla service center, I'm pretty sure the police doesn't need to call Tesla to have them disable the car, so I doubt that kill switch exist. What do you think this is, a cellphone?

Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (5, Funny)

Rone (46994) | about 3 months ago | (#47433567)

So at times the Tesla was being driven at speeds up to 100 MPH, collided with three cars and two utility poles along the way, and eventually suffered an impact that split the car in two, immolating the front half and embedding the back half within a nearby building.

Can't people see how dangerous and unsafe these vehicles are?!?

If something as trivial as multiple high-speed impacts can lead to driver fatality, imagine what could happen in a REALLY serious accident!

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (1)

mlw4428 (1029576) | about 3 months ago | (#47433645)

I get what you're saying, but if the "high speeds" were "nearly" 100MPH it's not unreasonable to wonder just how the car got literally ripped in half. I do wonder about the safety of a car like that. A lot of the US's top Interstate speed limits are between 70-80MPH. You're not talking a huge difference in speed at that point, so it's not unreasonable to at least question the safeness of the car and ask for some additional testing/data.

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433703)

How many normal cars have been split in half when they hit a pole going at a high rate of speed? OHHHH NOES CARS = UNSAFE. GET ME THE DATA TESTS.

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433725)

I'd like to see your car after hitting a pole sideways at 100 mph. Why don't you go try it and post a picture after so we can see? If you don't post one we'll just assume that you're dead.

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433737)

Concern troll is obvious.

"You're not talking a huge difference in speed" but you're talking a huge difference in Kinetic Energy. Cars are designed to take 90mph crashes, >100mph is beyond most safety standards.

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (4, Informative)

Xylaan (795464) | about 3 months ago | (#47433739)

Actually, since energy goes up at the square of velocity, a jump from 100 to 70 is double the impact energy.

Also, getting your car ripped in half after hitting a pole apparently is "normal", in that it happens to many cars. https://www.google.com/search?... [google.com] It's unfortunate, but physics isn't your friend in situations like this.

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433745)

It's not a huge difference in speed but it is a very significant difference in collision force. 20 mph faster is the same difference between leaning on a parked car and having it run you over at 20 mph.

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (2)

dunkindave (1801608) | about 3 months ago | (#47433779)

My guess is the Tesla hitting one of the "street poles" (telephone pole?) mentioned while sliding sideways at a high rate of speed was the cause of the car being split in two. This differs from Interstates in a very important way, namely, most poles on or near highways are designed either to break away if struck, or have crash barriers around them to absorb the crash energy. Poles on city streets on the other hand are designed for impacts at city street speeds, not highway speeds. At city street speeds cars crumple, not subdivide. An aluminum light pole with a breakaway is a lot different than a one foot diameter wood pole cemented into the ground when hit.

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (5, Informative)

AnOnyxMouseCoward (3693517) | about 3 months ago | (#47433807)

Look, pretty much all cars split in half when they hit a pole at 100 MPH.

http://articles.latimes.com/20... [latimes.com]
http://www.autoevolution.com/n... [autoevolution.com]
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news... [nbcnewyork.com]

How much are you betting that in that last article, the driver of the Maxima wasn't driving 100 MPH? Most highway limits are 65 MPH, you're talking 50% faster, which is perhaps not a "huge difference" but it's not negligible. It also doesn't matter if the car splits in half, as long as the driver is protected within the cage (look at how F1 cars crumple when they crash, without a pole, but protect the driver). What matters more is someone probably not wearing a seat belt...

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433831)

100MPH is over twice the kinetic energy of 70mph. Furthermore, what split it in half was the utility pole, not hitting another car.

I'd be interested to see what Tesla's black box reports the actual speed at before the collision.

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 3 months ago | (#47433833)

I get what you're saying, but if the "high speeds" were "nearly" 100MPH it's not unreasonable to wonder just how the car got literally ripped in half. I do wonder about the safety of a car like that. A lot of the US's top Interstate speed limits are between 70-80MPH. You're not talking a huge difference in speed at that point, so it's not unreasonable to at least question the safeness of the car and ask for some additional testing/data.>blockquote>

The problem is energy. It increases with the square of velocity. (you know, (1/2)*m*v^2).

The survivability of a crash drops greatly going from 35mph to 50mph, going to 70mph drops it even more. Plus, given it's a city street not designed for such speeds, the chances of surviving go lower still.

Next, he was ejected from the car - usually because he wasn't wearing his seatbelt. Seeing as the car split behind the front seats, that would indicate he was an idiot, and people can die at 35mph being ejected. I don't think it's even survivable at 100mph when the fundamental safety system in a vehicle isn't used (all the others, airbags, etc., derive their benefits only when seatbelts are worn).

Hell, cars split in two all the time, usually going no faster than 55 or less.

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433841)

A vehicle at 100mph has double the kinetic energy of a car at 70mph. That absolutely makes a difference in the severity of a crash.

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (3, Informative)

Above (100351) | about 3 months ago | (#47433875)

I think I can help you out. [bit.ly]

It's actually a rather common, and well studied occurrence. For instance here's a 70 MPH into a tree [wreckedexotics.com] car split in half. Many cars have had extremely weak [autosafetyexpert.com] side impact designs for years. It's also one of the hardest things to protect against since there is no crumple zone on the side to absorb energy, unlike the front and back.

I bet across the country there are multiple cars split in half every single day, many from hitting narrow objects like light poles at relatively modest speeds, like 45MPH.

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (3, Insightful)

marcosdumay (620877) | about 3 months ago | (#47433879)

You're not talking a huge difference in speed at that point...

Are you aware that the kinetic energy is proportional to the SQUARE of the speed, right? There is a huge difference in safety - much bigger than between 40MPH and 70MPH.

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433695)

And look how instead of bursting into flames like a proper vehicle, it split into two. What, so the owner has to pay taxes on TWO cars now?

I mean, come on!

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (1)

rfrenzob (163001) | about 3 months ago | (#47433751)

This is why we need local dealers only, not direct sales. Local dealers insure safety. Think of the children.

Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (1)

operagost (62405) | about 3 months ago | (#47433881)

Well, that gives ammo to the wingnuts who think we should have governors to keep us under the speed limit at all times.

Well out running the police ... (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 3 months ago | (#47433583)

Is a win for the Tesla, but it sounds likes it pretty spectacularly failed when he hit something. Was he not wearing a seatbelt? Since the car was split into pieces that then caught fire, would he of died either way?

Re:Well out running the police ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433661)

I doubt collisions at 100 MPH are taken into account for the safety ratings of commuter cars.

Re:Well out running the police ... (1)

Dins (2538550) | about 3 months ago | (#47433717)

Is a win for the Tesla, but it sounds likes it pretty spectacularly failed when he hit something.

...while it was going 100 mph. I'm all for safety but I don't expect ANY car company to design a car that will keep occupants safe in a crash with enough kinetic energy to embed half the car in a fucking building...

Re:Well out running the police ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433859)

Except there are people who survived crashes at much higher speeds.

http://jalopnik.com/5786094/turbo-corvette-z06-crashes-and-rolls-at-texas-mile

Richard Hammond of Top Gear UK fame survived a crash at 288 mph

Just two examples

Re:Well out running the police ... (1)

Whorhay (1319089) | about 3 months ago | (#47433727)

From the pictures I saw it looked like it was survivable so long as you weren't in the rear seats. The front of the passenger compartment was intact and whatever fire there was doesn't look like it was very extensive. There might be some melting of the upholstery.

I feel sorry about the car (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433683)

Seems like it's a scrapper. Too bad.

Re:I feel sorry about the car (2)

Dins (2538550) | about 3 months ago | (#47433777)

That'll buff right out.

This is why LA is awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433705)

see subject.

Electric Karma (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433749)

.. on demand

His own fault (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433815)

Just another dead pothead who stole a car. A victim of driving while high, not by Tesla's engineering.

FIRE! (1)

alta (1263) | about 3 months ago | (#47433863)

See, another one caught fire! These things are unsafe, they're constantly catching fire! This is just one of many smoldering teslas!

Curious about Tesla logs.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433869)

It should have the exact details of how fast it was going when it crashed, no?

Considering Musk... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47433873)

has made several pro-Nazi statements, like all CONservatives do, I'm wouldn't be surprised if he celebrates this Tesla accomplishment. Those Republicans hate minorities and people that aren't xians. Just checking my Facebook page shows how happy their kind is by this. They love to see electric cars fail and t they even more love to see the murderers of their Jesus die. That is the way of their kind. They've had a bad week with the legalization of pot in WA so they are celebrating this hard. As the DJ on my local radio station said this morning, this was the only good thing that happened this week. I'll add for thier kind. They really do hate us.

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