SFPD investigating if Tesla was self-driving during deadly crash

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman was arrested after running a red light in a rented Tesla in San Francisco and causing a crash that killed a tourist and left his wife critically injured, authorities said Monday.

Officers were investigating whether the Tesla, which was rented through the peer-to-peer car rental service Get Around, was operating on self-driving mode, police said in a statement.

Get Around did not immediately respond to email and phone messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The 21-year-old suspect, Vallejo resident Kelsey Mariah Cambridge, was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and running a red light, police said.

Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

The woman was driving Sunday at least 45 mph in an area with a speed limit of 25 to 30 mph, when she ran the red light and was broadsided by another car in in the intersection of Taylor and O’Farrell Streets, officials said.

The Tesla struck the couple in a crosswalk, killing 39-year-old Benjamin Dean. His wife, Kelly Dean, was at a hospital in critical condition.

The couple from Clovis in the Central Valley was in San Francisco celebrating their third wedding anniversary, according to Kelly Dean’s Facebook page.

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