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Tesla Model S Crash Victim's Father Blames Acceleration Capability For Daughter Death

Lithium The cars run on several thousand lithium batteries the same kind used in laptops and cell phones. Lithium batteries have exploded in hoverboards and Galaxy Note 7 phones Father of driver in fiery Tesla crash says car swerved to avoid wrong-way driver
Dinis Gusmão | 16 Fevereiro, 2017, 00:09

In November last year, 27-year-old Casey Speckman and 44-year-old Kevin McCarthy were both killed when their Tesla Model S crashed into a tree in Indianapolis.

But her father, Jon Speckman, says that she would have survived the crash if her vehicle wasn't powered by lithium batteries - the same as those found in the exploding Galaxy Note 7 and hoverboard devces - the IndyStar reported.

Speckman had a blood alcohol level of 0.21 per cent and McCarthy had a level of 0.17 per cent putting them both over the IN state limit of 0.08.

Speckman crashed the Tesla with a blood alcohol level of.21 percent, according to police.

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Now her dad, Jon Speckman has said: "Had she been in another vehicle she would still be alive for me to yell at her for driving and drinking". It has also come out that Casey Speckman swerves to avoid another driver before she lost control of the vehicle.

In the seconds after the collision, the vehicle, which was owned by McCarthy, spewed smoke before detonating and sending debris flying into the air, witness Alfred Finnell Jr, 81, said.

The Indianapolis police department is still working to determine the actual speed of the vehicle at the time of the crash. "It passed me like a flash", Finnell told IndyStar in a telephone interview.

'I thought something had hit my truck, but it had missed my truck, ' Finnell said. Although considered fast as an EV, the Model S P100D still isn't as fast as combustion engine cars such as the Ferrari LaFerrari or the Porsche 918. "It was the most horrifying thing that I had ever seen". "While it can be hard to determine the precise speed of a vehicle in such a crash, the observed damage and debris field indicate a very high speed collision".

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The owner of the Tesla, McCarthy, was the founder and CEO of the Indianapolis company that developed Case Pacer case management software for attorneys.

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While Speckman has apparently hired an attorney, it's not yet known if he will proceed with legal options against Tesla. The investigation is tricky for the detectives who are unfamiliar with the new and unique electric vehicle.

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