After a Fort Lauderdale teen was killed in a collision while driving his Tesla, his parents have taken action by suing Tesla in early January 2019 for defects to the Tesla Model S battery pack, allegedly causing the death of their son, Edgar Monserratt Martinez. The driver of the Tesla, Barrett Riley, was also killed in the crash.
The Deadly Auto Wreck
While traveling on Seabreeze Boulevard, the road curves to the left. Riley moved into the left lane in an attempt to pass another vehicle and lost control of the vehicle while attempting to move back into the right lane.
Hitting the curve at estimated speeds of 116 MPH just seconds before striking the wall, and only reducing to 85 MPH after the collision, the two 18-year-olds and one additional passenger were catastrophically injured.
Upon the crash, the Tesla Model S erupted into flames and subsequently reignited on two separate occasions after being put out by the firefighters—once while being removed from the scene of the accident and again at a storage facility.
Due to the fact that the Tesla was not equipped to prevent fires from erupting after an accident, the parents of Edgar Monserratt Martinez are seeking recovery of damages amounting to more than $15,000.
As a car accident lawyer in Tampa who heard of the collision pointed out, this amount will do little to ease the emotional devastation the teen’s parents feel at the loss of their son, but it will ensure that Tesla is held accountable for their negligence.
Defects in the Model S Lithium-Ion Battery Pack or Something More?
Beyond the fact that the Model S battery pack was clearly ill-equipped, there is more to the story than a simple defective car battery.
The driver of the vehicle, 18-year-old Barrett Riley, had previously been ticketed in March of 2018 for driving at a speed of 112 MPH, at which point his parents took the initiative to install a device that would prevent their son from traveling at speeds greater than 85 MPH at a Tesla service center.
However, during a service visit sometime thereafter, someone removed this speed limit device without the parent’s knowledge or consent. This critical detail is of significant cause for concern and will likely be of tremendous importance to the outcome of the Martinez civil lawsuit against Tesla for the defective Model S battery pack.