Man Drives His Tesla Into Pool, Dies

Elderly man was apparently unable to escape the car
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2015 7:15 PM CST
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In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, a Tesla Model S is on display on the first press day of the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany.   (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

An 85-year-old Texas man with a friend in the car drove his Tesla into a neighbor's swimming pool Sunday afternoon and ended up dead, the Houston Chronicle reports. The driver and his female passenger were in his garage when, somehow, he crashed the car through a brick wall and into the pool. "He and my sister were together coming back from Bellville," the passenger's sister tells KPRC, adding that her sister thinks the man might have hit the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal.

Once it hit the water, the sister says, the car sunk slowly enough that her sister was able to escape out a window. The driver "said, 'Get out of the car.' She got out of the car, trying to get him out of the car, but the way they're made with the console and the seat belts and everything, it just didn't happen," the sister says. Unable to escape from the car, the man was pronounced dead at a local hospital; an autopsy is pending. (More accidental death stories.)

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