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Investigators Issue Search Warrant for Data From Deadly Tesla Crash

Investigators Issue Search Warrant for Data From Deadly Tesla Crash

A Tesla Model S was involved in a fatal and fiery crash near Houston, Texas, over the weekend.

Confounding first responders was the fact that nobody was in the driver’s seat, leading many to believe the vehicle may have had its Autopilot feature turned on at the time of the deadly wreck.

But according to a tweet by Tesla CEO — and ersatz PR manager — Elon Musk, “data showed that data logs recovered so far show Autopilot was not enabled and this car did not purchase FSD,” referring to an optional “Full Self-Driving” package.

That explanation, however, wasn’t entirely convincing. The National Transportation Safety Board started an investigation into the crash, The New York Times reports, sending two investigators to Texas to figure out what happened leading up to the crash.

Law enforcement sources also told Reuters that they had executed a search warrant to obtain data from Tesla about the crash following Musk’s tweets about Autopilot not playing a role.

“If he is tweeting that out, if he has already pulled the data, he hasn’t told us that,” Mark Herman, local Harris County constable, told Reuters. “We will eagerly wait for that data.”

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