Tesla burns in crash, killing driver and ‘keeps catching fire’ at tow yard

A Tesla battery powered car that crashed, burst into flames and burned its driver beyond recognition Sunday evening along Flamingo Road in Davie repeatedly caught fire after being brought to the tow yard used by police, officials said Monday.

The 4-door 2016 Tesla Model S was northbound near the 1300 block of S. Flamingo Road shortly before 4:30 p.m. Sunday when “the vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons,” police said.

The car swerved through three lanes of traffic, hit a median and some trees and burst into flames, killing the driver, identified by Davie police as Omar Awan.

A Davie police officer got to the scene, a little south of Interstate 595 almost immediately after the crash and found the car fully consumed by fire. “Efforts to extract the driver were unsuccessful,” Davie Police Sgt. Mark Leone said Monday morning.

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