Apple engineer Walter Huang who died when his Tesla Model X slammed head-on into a concrete barrier had previously complained about the SUV malfunctioning on that same stretch of the Silicon Valley freeway. Those complaints were detailed by federal investigators in documents released involving this fatal Tesla crash. The Huang family is suing Tesla and Caltrans for failing to maintain the highway
The documents show Huang told his wife the Autopilot on his Tesla had previously veered him toward the same barrier on Highway 101 where he later crashed. “Walter said the car would veer toward the barrier in the mornings” the Huang family attorney said. Records from Walter’s iPhone showed he may have used the phone prior to the crash for less than a minute but the source of the phone use couldn’t be determined.
The CHP responded to the March 12, 2018 crash but never notified Caltrans of the guardrail damage as required. Huang’s 2017 Tesla was traveling at 71 mph when it crashed against the same attenuator, which the agency determined had been damaged and repaired more frequently than any other left exit in Caltrans District 4 which includes all of the Bay Area. In the three years before the Tesla crash the device was struck at least five times, including one crash that resulted in fatalities. A car struck it again on May 20, 2018, about two months after the crash.
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