Stolen Tesla ripped in half after high-speed pursuit in Los Angeles ends in fiery crash

By Eric W. Dolan
Saturday, July 5, 2014 11:16 EDT
google plus icon
Crashed Tesla (Screenshot)
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Email this page

A stolen Tesla all-electric car was destroyed in a fiery crash early Friday after speeding through Los Angeles-area streets.

The Model S vehicle was stolen from a Tesla Motors dealership in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

The driver of the stolen car led police on a high-speed chase, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph. Police abandoned the pursuit after crashing into a median.

The Model S was split in half after it rammed into a light pole and other cars. The back end of the car ended up wedged between two walls of a synagogue in West Hollywood, while the heavily damaged front end caught on fire in the street.

“Everybody who was looking was screaming,” witness Francisco Estrada told NBC Los Angeles. “They tried to help but there was too much smoke.”

The driver of the stolen car was flung from the vehicle during the crash. The suspect was initially believed to be dead, but was resuscitated by paramedics. Six other people were also hurt.

Fiery Tesla accidents have attracted attention in the past. Tesla CEO Elon Musk insists fires are a greater risk for gasoline-powered cars than battery-powered cars.

Watch video, via NBC Los Angeles, below.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
By commenting, you agree to our terms of service
and to abide by our commenting policy.