Tesla That Killed Driver Was Airborne During High-Speed Collision

Staff report

Bloomington, Indiana – April 1, 2024

A gray 2022 Tesla killed its driver after becoming airborne when it hit an embankment at a high rate of speed on March 24, 2024, according to police. The fatal crash is still under investigation.

The crash occurred around 12:25 a.m., and the car actually hit the top of a tree along Atwater before coming to a stop around the intersection of Atwater and South Eastside Drive, according to police. The damage to the tree can still be seen on the other side of a memorial at the base of the first tree the vehicle hit as it caught air.

Witnesses said the car was so damaged they couldn’t tell the condition of the driver before members of the Bloomington Fire Department arrived to extricate Daniel Vargas, 25, identified by Monroe County Coroner Joani Stalcup as the deceased. When the man was pulled from the car, he didn’t have a pulse and was pronounced dead at 12:46 a.m. He had significant injuries, according to the Bloomington Police Department.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash and are hoping data can be recovered that may tell more about how and why the Tesla crashed.

There were skid marks on the street before the Tesla crashed.

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