The lawyer of a French taxi driver who was involved in a fatal accident in Paris in which one person was killed and 20 injured, said that the Tesla Model 3 vehicle used by the driver accelerated by itself and that his brakes did not work. Tesla claims that no technical malfunction caused this, how will the case be decided?
After the accident that caused a storm, the lawyer of a taxi driver who was involved in the fatal accident in Paris last weekend, said that the Model 3 Tesla vehicle used by the driver accelerated by itself and that his brakes did not work.
As you may recall, the Parisian taxi company G7 suspended the use of 37 Tesla Model 3 cars in its fleet after the accident on Saturday, while it waited for the results of the police investigation into the cause of the accident. One person was killed and 20 were injured, three of them seriously. A message to the French government that there was no indication that the accident was caused as a result of a technical malfunction, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.
“He (the taxi driver) explained to police that the car accelerated by itself and that he was unable to apply the brakes, the brakes did not work despite all his efforts,” lawyer Sarah Seldman told Reuters. Which documents the activity of the car in the glove compartment.
After the driver was briefly hospitalized due to minor injuries and then held for questioning for 48 hours, he was brought in for questioning on Wednesday on suspicion of premeditated manslaughter, Seldman said. Under French law, a formal investigation means there is “serious or consistent evidence” involved in a crime suspect. It is one step closer to trial, but such investigations can be dismissed.
The driver remains under legal supervision and is prohibited from driving for the time being. Seldman said tests showed the driver was not under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication. The driver, born in 1964, has been a taxi driver since the 1990s and has never been involved in an accident like this, she said. He bought the new car three months ago, she explained. Tesla, which is at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution and self-driving and a market value of nearly a trillion dollars, did not respond to requests for comment.