Advertisement

Alcohol, speed ‘decisive’ factors in fatal Coquitlam Tesla crash: RCMP

Authorities said  a vehicle slammed into a power pole and burst into flames, killing one person.
Authorities said a vehicle slammed into a power pole and burst into flames, killing one person. Courtesy of Shane McKichan

The Coquitlam RCMP says alcohol and speed were “decisive” factors in a single-vehicle Tesla crash this spring that left one man dead.

The March 18 collision happened around 1 a.m. on Lougheed Highway near Alderson Avenue, according to police.

READ MORE: Coquitlam RCMP investigate fatal crash on Lougheed Highway

The vehicle slammed into a power pole and burst into flames.

On Tuesday, Mounties provided an update on the crash and said the driver had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

READ MORE: Tesla in autopilot mode accelerated seconds before crashing into firetruck, police say

Police said the vehicle was also travelling more than 150 kilometres per hour in a 60 kilometre per hour zone.

The investigation found no sign of mechanical or computer failure in the collision, police added.

Story continues below advertisement

Investigators said they would not release the driver’s name due to privacy laws.

WATCH (March 18, 2019): Fatal crash highlights electric car risks

Fatal crash highlights electric car risks
Fatal crash highlights electric car risks