West Hollywood: Several Drivers Injured in Tesla Crash
Posted on Jul 07, 2014
In the early morning hours of Friday, July 4, 2014, several drivers were injured in a crash involving a Tesla in West Hollywood. Authorities received a report that a Tesla was stolen from a dealership in the 5800 block of Centinela Avenue at about 12:51 a.m. A police chase reaching close to 100 mph ensued, ending when officers crashed their car near La Brea Avenue and Don Ricardo Drive and the driver of the Tesla collided with several vehicles, the Tesla subsequently shearing in two, with one half becoming lodged in a building and the other catching on fire. Police took the suspect, who sustained serious trauma, into custody. The Los Angeles Times reported that other drivers were also injured but did not indicate how many.
Police chases injure or kill more bystanders than stray bullets. ABC reported that more than 10,000 people have been injured and over 300 killed in police cases in California over the last decade. Across the nation, an estimated 300 people lose their lives in high-speed police pursuits annually. Close to 90 percent of chases result from non-violent offences. Thirty-two percent of pursuits involve stolen cars.
In California, those who are injured in car crashes may file personal injury claims against the at-fault parities in order to obtain compensation for recovery-related expenses, such as for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Certain laws apply when claims are filed against police and other government employees, so an attorney should be consulted in these cases. For more information, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the drivers who were injured in this crash.