Driver’s Body Recovered After Tesla Model S Veers Into Castro Valley Pond

Chris Jasurek
By Chris Jasurek
May 21, 2018US News
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Driver’s Body Recovered After Tesla Model S Veers Into Castro Valley Pond
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Sheriffs from Alameda County, California, are looking for reasons why the driver of a Tesla Model S ran off the road and fatally crashed into a pond.

A homeowner on Crow Canyon Road in Castro Canyon heard the crash and went out to look. He saw his fence broken and tires tracks leading to his pond. He called 911 at 7:52 p.m. on May 20.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded and found the accident scene but could not see the car, which was submerged in about 8 feet of water.    

CHP called the Alameda County Fire Department dive team. The dive team was able to locate the car, but couldn’t retrieve it until 5 a.m. on May 21.

“To get the tow cable to the vehicle we needed divers from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office,”  CHP Sgt. Michael Novosel told KTVU.

“They located the vehicle. The recovery of the vehicle took a little longer than planned just because the trees that were in the water were catching the vehicle. And then bringing the vehicle up, it was catching in the trees.”

(KTVU screenshot)
(KTVU screenshot)

The divers found one adult male dead inside the vehicle.

CHP has no idea why the car veered off the roadway. So far they do not suspect that other vehicles were involved.

CHP will not know if the driver was intoxicated until after the body is autopsied. The autopsy should also determine the cause of death.

 

 

 

 

 

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