Woman Killed in Tesla, Truck Accident on Rockaway Blvd. in Queens, NY
Queens, New York — October 29, 2023, a woman was killed and one was injured after a multi-car accident at around 1:50 p.m. along Rockaway Boulevard.
Officials said in their statements that the collision happened at the intersection of Rockaway Boulevard and Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in the Springfield Gardens area.
According to the NYPD, a 54-year-old woman was a passenger in a Tesla Model Y going eastbound on Rockaway. Somehow, the Tesla crashed into the back of a Ford Fusion, then hit a utility service truck which was on westbound lanes.
Due to the collisions, the woman in the Tesla died from her injuries. The driver of the Tesla was taken to a hospital and is said to be stable. There were no other confirmed injuries. Right now, no further information about the crash can be confirmed.
A lot of crashes involving Teslas grab attention due to both the hype and criticisms surrounding the company and its vehicles. One big target for that attention is in regards to the various driver assist features, such as AutoPilot and crash avoidance.
It's entirely possible this situation involved factors that those systems, if involved here, wouldn't have been able to prevent or mitigate. But the path the evolution of vehicle safety only happened because people lost their lives. All we can do as a society is to learn from these mistakes, make the necessary changes, and hold accountable those who neglect to make those changes. This company and crash avoidance tech in general are new enough that there may yet be problems that still need to be brought to light, and it's at least worth investigating further.