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The second victim in the Texas Tesla crash has been named, as police and CEO Elon Musk continue to offer conflicting accounts of how the vehicle was being driven when it crashed.
69-year-old Everette Talbot is one of two people who died in a blazing crash in a Houston-area suburb Saturday evening, according to ABC News.
Talbot’s name was reported two days after that of the other victim, his close friend 59-year-old Dr William Varner. They crashed just a few hundred yards away from where they set out in the Tesla Model S.
The car, traveling at high speed, failed to negotiate a bend and came off the road on Hammock Dunes Place, a residential street in a upscale Houston suburb. The car crashed into a tree and burst into flames.
Police say they are sure that at the time of the crash nobody was driving the car, which is famous for its ability to partially operate itself.
Musk, however, has said that data from the car shows that its Autopilot mode was not engaged, prompting questions about what was happening behind the wheel.
Constable Mark Herman of Harris County Precinct 4 told local outlet KHOU 11 that deputies who recovered the bodies “are 100% certain that no one was in the driver seat driving that vehicle at the time of impact.”
Herman said that the bodies were in the front passenger seat and a rear seat. An unnamed family member told local news outlet that KPRC 2 that the owner had backed out of the driveway, and then may have moved to the back seat.
In a tweet on Monday Musk said: “Data logs recovered so far show Autopilot was not enabled & this car did not purchase FSD.”
FSD is Tesla’s Full Self-Driving mode. When switched on, Autopilot keeps …read more
Source:: Business Insider