A husband and wife from Clovis, California were struck and one of them was killed in a crosswalk at Taylor and O'Farrell Sunday afternoon after a Tesla reportedly ran a red light.
The incident occurred just after 2 p.m., as Bay City News reports, and the two pedestrians were struck after two vehicles collided in the intersection.
The vehicle at fault, according to NBC Bay Area, was a Tesla that was traveling north on Taylor Street. After allegedly running a red light, a Mini Cooper may have then clipped the Tesla, which sent it spinning out of control. The car then collided with the couple in the crosswalk.
SFGate has it via the SFPD that the Tesla actually "slammed into a Mini Cooper, then lost control and hit two pedestrians."
The deceased victim has been identified as 39-year-old Benjamin Dean of Clovis, and his wife was also seriously injured and remains at SF General.
NBC Bay Area reports that the Tesla's owner had rented the vehicle out to someone else, who was driving it at the time of the crash. The owner showed up at the scene after receiving a notification that the vehicle was involved in a collision.
This is the second pedestrian death on a downtown street in just three days, after an apparently homeless man with a walker was fatally struck and dragged by a big-rig truck near Fifth and Market Street early Thursday.
Update: The Tesla had apparently been rented out by owner Albert Kim using the Getaround app. The driver, according to KPIX/CBS SF was a 22-year-old woman, who was apparently taken into custody after the incident. SF Gate identifies the driver as 21-year-old Kelsey Cambridge of Vallejo, with SF Weekly noting that on the Getaround app — because of insurance guidelines — users must be 25 in order to rent "specialty" cars like Teslas.
The owner of the @Tesla, Albert Kim, says he rented the car to a San Francisco woman yesterday afternoon through the @Getaround app.@SFPD trying to determine if the Tesla was in autonomous mode. Officers say they have the computer chip that records all of that information.— Katie Nielsen (@KatieKPIX) July 22, 2019