Fatal Tesla crash on 210 Freeway near Fontana prompts investigation by federal agency

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Fatal Tesla crash near Fontana prompts federal investigation
Federal investigators launched an investigation into a fatal crash involving a Tesla near Fontana.

FONTANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Federal investigators have launched an investigation into a fatal crash involving a Tesla on a freeway near Fontana, officials said.

The crash happened May 5 around 2:40 a.m. on the 210 Freeway near Citrus Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP said a big rig had crashed and overturned five minutes before it was struck by the Tesla.

The Tesla hit the Mack truck driver and a passing motorist who had stopped to help, both of whom were hospitalized with major injuries, investigators said.

The Tesla driver, identified as 35-year-old Steven Hendrickson, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency said it has opened a special crash investigation into the collision.

"NHTSA remains vigilant in overseeing the safety of all motor vehicles and equipment, including automated technologies, and leverages SCI where appropriate," the agency said in a statement.