Tesla Model S Crash Victim's Father Blames Acceleration Capability For Daughter Death

Last year, we reported on a tragic accident in a Tesla Model S in Indianapolis.

Speckman, 27, and McCarthy, 44, died after McCarthy's 2015 Tesla Model S crashed into a tree and parking garage near IL and 16th streets around 1 a.m. on November 3, 2016.

Speckman had a blood alcohol level of 0.21 per cent and McCarthy had a level of 0.17 per cent putting them both over the IN state limit of 0.08.

Speckman's father, Jon, talked to our media partners at the IndyStar and said his daughter swerved to avoid a vehicle going the wrong way on Illinois Street before the fiery crash. "I don't know why they have to make a auto that does that". Firefighters who responded to the scene said the vehicle was on fire and the lithium batteries went off "like projectiles".

He was behind the vehicle when it sped past him, crashed and exploded - a sight that he called "the most horrifying thing I've ever seen".

"It was sitting out in the street".

The 2015 Model S is powered by a 1,200-pound lithium battery array made up of several thousand smaller batteries.

The 27-year-old was driving her 44-year-old employer, who owned the vehicle, through Indianapolis, USA, when they both perished in the collision. "She's clearly having to swerve to miss a vehicle going the wrong way on a one-way street", Speckman said. Firefighters arrived to find the auto burning and small lithium batteries popping and exploding around them. Tesla strengthened the battery compartments, and NHTSA closed that probe in 2014. Local media footage showed the Model S positioned between two trees and the sidewalk next to a parking garage, with eyewitnesses indicating the Model S was traveling at high speed moments before the crash.

Casey Speckman worked for Case Pacer as a sales representative.

Tesla declined to comment to the IndyStar, instead saying it stood by the statement it released at the time of Casey's death.

Mr. Speckman has now hired an attorney, but has not decided as yet on whether to pursue legal channels with Tesla over the incident.

"We have been deeply saddened by this accident and have been working closely with authorities to facilitate their report". According to firefighters, the debris field stretched about 150 yards.

The investigation is not yet complete, police said. Investigations are still ongoing to determine the actual speed of the vehicle during the crash, as electric vehicles are unfamiliar territory for the detectives concerned.