TESLA CRASHES INTO PARKED CAR, EXPLODES. AUTO PILOT?
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
UPDATED: 8:55 a.m. with information from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — An early morning crash and car fire in the West Boca Raton community of Lotus required a rushed response from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. BocaNewsNow.com has learned the Tesla, seen in the photo below, crashed into the PARKED Infiniti, then “exploded” according to a witness.
“The Tesla was coming down the street, hit the parked car, paused, then exploded,” said the tipster.
According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, “Initial arriving crews found one vehicle fully involved, next to another vehicle. They quickly extinguished the fire. The driver of the vehicle was evaluated on scene, but declined any treatment or transport. PBSO was also on scene. The report does not specifically mention if the vehicle was in any sort of auto-pilot mode at the time of the incident. The incident is still under investigation at this time.”
The crash and fire occurred on Rainstream Road in the G.L. Homes community which sits just off of Lyons Road — the area we’ve been reporting on extensively due to the massive traffic issues caused by road construction halted by Palm Beach County. A homeowner died in Lotus three years ago when a rescue unit couldn’t access the community fast enough to save a man suffering from a heart attack.
Today’s response appeared to be much faster, with units arriving on the scene within five minutes of the initial dispatch around 6:40 a.m. Once on the scene of the car fire, it apparently became clear that at least two cars were involved in a crash. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
UPDATE 10:06 a.m: We received a threatening “take down” text concerning this story from a lawyer who self-identified as Aaron Krolik. His website says that he is “the leading Chicago and Cook County Tenant Landlord Lawyer” who can help you “break your lease for any reason.” We don’t understand his connection to Tesla, but — despite the photos provided by witnesses and information provided by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, he told us to take down our story “within two hours” or he will “shut (us) down.” We’re not taking down the story. Here’s what he wrote: “I will make sure you are shut down. You don’t need to worry I’m a lawyer. Just take down that story Teslas don’t suddenly explode.” For the record, no one ever said that Teslas suddenly explode. We reported that this one exploded when it slammed into a parked Infiniti. There are photos. There is information from authorities. And we suspect there are two very unhappy car owners this morning. Mr. Krolik owns a condo in Boynton Beach, according to Palm Beach County. There is no indication that he is involved in this incident.
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