A Tesla owner was in the driver’s seat when a vehicle plowed into the side of the car, causing a crash in suburban Houston last month, a National Transportation Safety Board report released Friday confirms.
Chattanooga native Joshua D. Brown was killed in the Nov. 23 crash in Fort Bend County.
During the week after the accident, the Tennessee-based company said it was not certain that Brown was the driver, and CNN reported that according to company records Brown had been in the Model S but had moved his vehicle earlier that day.
On Friday, the NTSB issued a report saying Brown was the driver.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash.
The report says that when the crash occurred, Brown was the driver of the Model S and that two people who were traveling in a second vehicle followed him.
The investigation found no mechanical failure with the Tesla. It said a “fatigue indicator light” warning came on for Brown’s car, which indicated a potential fall in performance, before the fatal crash.
The maximum allowable speed for any Tesla Model S is 130 mph, according to a company spokesperson.
The NTSB recommended the motor vehicle administration increase the speed limit on similar roads from 30 mph to 45 mph.
Brown was reportedly a fire lieutenant with the Chattanooga Fire Department and had started a company called United Firefighters of Chattanooga after becoming an emergency medical technician.
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