National safety board won’t investigate fiery Tesla crash that killed doctor

The National Transportation Safety Board won’t be investigating a fiery fatal crash of a Tesla over the weekend, the agency said Tuesday.

The safety board is expected to issue reports this year on other crashes or fires involving Tesla cars that happened in Mountain View, Culver City and Lake Forest, all in California, and a 2018 accident in Fort Lauderdale, where two young men died.

A physician and father of five was killed Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his 2016 Tesla Model S sedan and hit a tree about two miles from his home in Davie, police said. The Tesla was engulfed in flames and later, while in a tow yard, reignited and burned several times.

After speaking with the Davie police department’s traffic homicide investigators, the NTSB decided not to investigate the crash, Christopher O’Neil, chief of media relations, said Tuesday. The NTSB investigates all aviation crashes but not all automotive incidents.

“At the end of the day, we have all of these other investigations where we feel like we’ll have a good body of investigative evidence, upon which to make good safety recommendations to help prevent recurrence,” O’Neil said.

The Tesla’s driver, Omar Awan, was speeding between 75 mph and 90 mph while heading north on South Flamingo Road about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, witnesses told police.

Whether Awan was using the car’s advance driver system, or “autopilot,” may not be known for months, Davie Police Sgt. Mark Leone said. Davie police are investigating the accident.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles driving record for Awan lists him as a safe driver with a valid license.

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