On Friday, July 4, the day of an early morning Model S theft and accident, another Model S accident took place outside Los Angeles resulting in the death of three people.

Ric Garrson, 58, was named as the driver of a 2013 Model S that around 10:45 p.m. slammed the rear of a 2004 Corolla on the freeway in Palmdale with five occupants inside.

Killed were the 40-year-old male driver of the Toyota, and a 13-year-old boy and 8-year-old boy’s lives were ended prematurely. Reports say they were family members and residents of Los Angeles.

The Corolla.

The Corolla.

The Tesla driver got out with minor injuries. The incident occurred around 10:35 p.m. on the 4th on southbound highway 14 in the Antelope Valley.

Another passenger in the Toyota, age 6, was sent to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with minor injuries.

Also, Tyree Lavon Nash, a 31-year-old male passenger in the Toyota suffered major injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital.

All passengers in the Toyota were wearing seatbelts.

The Tesla did not catch fire. The Toyota did.


NBC Los Angeles