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Published on February 16, 2024
Tesla Driver Perishes After Striking Tree During Medical Emergency Near LafayetteSource: Google Street View

In a tragic turn of events, a Tesla Model S driver lost her life after a severe crash near Lafayette on State Route 24. The California Highway Patrol in Contra Costa reported the incident, stating the crash occurred last February 14, at approximately 6:56 pm. The solo vehicle incident ended in the car leaving the road and colliding with a tree.

The woman behind the wheel, traveling westbound near Pleasant Hill Road, reportedly suffered a critical medical emergency leading to the crash. Although the CHP and emergency crews responded promptly, the driver, an adult female, later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. While the car yielded to the tree's unyielding bark and physics, it was not mechanical failure but the fragility of human life that sealed this somber chapter.

Details on the driver's identity have not been released pending next-of-kin notification. Authorities are looking into the accident and ruling out any vehicular malfunctions. According to the CHP Contra Costa's Facebook post, the driver's life-threatening condition caused her to lose control before the fatal tree impact.

In their ongoing investigation, the CHP urges anyone who might have witnessed the accident to come forward. Those with information can reach out to CHP Contra Costa in Martinez at (925) 646-4980 or provide contact details via email to [email protected] for the investigating officer to get in touch.