Incident 638: Fatal Crash Involving Tesla Full Self-Driving Claims Employee's Life

Description: A Tesla employee, Hans von Ohain, was killed in a crash while allegedly using the Full Self-Driving feature. The car failed to navigate mountain curves, leading to a fatal collision, possibly making von Ohain the first known fatality of the Full Self-Driving feature.


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Alleged: Tesla developed an AI system deployed by Hans von Ohain, which harmed Hans von Ohain and Erik Rossiter.

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Fatal Tesla crash in Evergreen now part of federal investigation · 2022

A deadly single-car crash in Evergreen involving a Tesla is now part of a federal investigation that is looking into the safety of electric vehicles.

Denver7 Investigates confirmed that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NH…

Colorado State Patrol wraps up investigation into fatal Evergreen Tesla crash, fire · 2023

EVERGREEN, Colo. --- After more than eight months of investigating, the Colorado State Patrol has finished its investigation into a May 2022 Tesla crash and subsequent fire in Evergreen that killed one person.

Hans Von Ohain, 33, died at th…

Tesla worker killed in fiery crash may be first ‘Full Self-Driving’ fatality · 2024


Hans von Ohain and Erik Rossiter were on their way to play golf one afternoon in 2022 when von Ohain's Tesla suddenly swerved off Upper Bear Creek Road. The car's driver-assistance software, Full Self-Driving, was strugglin…

Tesla Employee Who Loved Elon Musk Reportedly Killed by Full Self-Driving · 2024

A Tesla employee — and "devoted" fan of its CEO Elon Musk — named Hans von Ohain was killed after his Model 3 crashed into a tree and erupted in flames back in 2022.

His friend and fellow passenger Erik Rossiter, who survived the collision,…

Tesla worker died in horrible crash on Full Self-Driving beta, but he was also drunk · 2024

The horrible fatal crash of a Tesla employee using Full Self-Driving Beta has been reported in detail for the first time to highlight responsibility in those accidents.

The Crash

The Washington Post released a new report on the crash today,…

Wife of Tesla employee who died in what may have been the first Full Self-Driving crash said she and her husband were 'guinea pigs' · 2024

Hans von Ohain, a Tesla recruiter, died in a car crash on a Colorado mountain road after his Tesla Model 3 veered off the road and barreled into a tree, bursting into flames, according to a new report from The Washington Post.

Erik Rossiter…

Family of Tesla recruiter who died in 2022 horror crash say self-driving tech killed him as surviving friend insists he was 'in control' of the vehicle despite being three times the drink drive limit · 2024

Tesla employee and Elon Musk superfan may have become the first person to die in a crash caused by the company's self-driving tech, an investigation has claimed.

Hans von Ohain, 33, was killed in a fiery wreck in Colorado in 2022 after hi…

Tesla Employee Killed In Crash Had Full-Self Driving On, Claims Passenger · 2024

The passenger in a 2022 crash, which tragically claimed the life of a Tesla engineering recruiter behind the wheel of a Model 3, has alleged that the driver was utilizing "Full Self-Driving" (FSD) when the vehicle careened off the road.


Tesla Full-Self Driving Fatal Crash In Spotlight: Musk 'Sold False Sense Of Security' · 2024

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) recruiter Hans von Ohain died in a fatal automotive accident in 2022. New footage and evidence from The Washington Post points to the accident being the potential first full self-driving fatality from the electric ve…

Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Software: Questioning Responsibility and Safety · 2024

A recent investigation by The Washington Post has shed light on a fatal crash involving Tesla's advanced driver-assistance software, Full Self-Driving (FSD). The incident occurred in 2022, when a Tesla employee named Hans von Ohain was usin…

Tesla Sold ‘False Sense Of Security’ To Employee Killed In Suspected Full Self-Driving Crash · 2024

Tesla's Full Self-Driving software can't drive your car by itself. Despite its name, the advanced driver assist program requires drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times and be prepared to take the wheel at a moment's notice. Now, t…

Tesla Recruiter's Tragic Death in Colorado Crash Raises Questions About EV's Full Self-Driving Feature · 2024

A Tesla recruiter lost his life in a tragic incident in 2022 while using the electric vehicle's (EV) Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature. The fatal accident occurred on a Colorado mountain road when Hans von Ohain's Tesla Model 3 veered off the…

Tesla employee with full self-driving enabled killed in car crash · 2024

What's the story

Back in 2022, Tesla employee and Elon Musk fan Hans von Ohain, tragically died when his Model 3 crashed and caught fire.Now, Erik Rossiter, a survivor of the accident, has claimed that the Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature wa…

Tesla Worker Killed in Crash May Be First Official ‘Full Self-Driving’ Fatality · 2024

Evidence suggests that Tesla's advanced driver-assistance system, Full Self-Driving (FSD), was engaged during a fatal crash that killed Tesla employee Hans von Ohain in Colorado in 2022. If this proves accurate, a Tesla employee could prove…

Musk Says 2022 Tesla Crash Driver Didn’t Have Full-Self Driving Tech · 2024
Chris Chilton post-incident response

Supporters of self-driving car technologies claim that autonomous features like Tesla's Full Self-Driving system make cars safer. However, regardless of how safe they are -- and opinions are split on the Tesla package -- someone was always …

Survivor alleges Tesla auto-drive failed in fatal crash, Musk denies · 2024
Sejal Sharma post-incident response

The tragic fatal crash of a Tesla employee allegedly using Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta in 2022 has been extensively reported. However, one such recent report has revealed the intricacies of Hans von Ohain's accident, shedding light on acco…

Wife Of Tesla Employee Who Died In Full Self-Driving Crash Says They Were Treated Like Guinea Pigs · 2024

The untimely demise of Tesla recruiter Hans von Ohain in a collision involving a Model 3 on a route in Colorado's mountains has prompted serious concerns about the reliability and security of Tesla's autonomous driving technology. Ohain's b…


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