INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police investigating a fiery crash that killed two people are looking into whether the electric car’s autopilot was engaged.
Witnesses reported the Tesla was traveling at a high rate of speed about 1 a.m. Thursday when it hit a tree, crashed into a building and caught fire, leaving a trail of burning battery components.
Authorities say the near north side crash killed 27-year-old driver Casey Speckman and 44-year-old passenger Kevin McCarthy.
Police spokesman Maj. Richard Riddle says investigators were looking at whether the car’s autopilot was engaged, and if so whether that was a factor in the crash.
When Tesla updated its autopilot software earlier this year, the company said the system would not go more than 5 mph over the speed limit on an undivided highway.