Florida driver plows Tesla into house, killing 2 people

Tesla Model S Plaid was not on autopilot mode at the time, Florida Highway Patrol says

A man driving a Tesla plowed into a Florida home, killing two people.

Florida Highway Patrol said the Tesla Model S Plaid was not on autopilot mode at the time of the crash that happened before 10:30 p.m. Friday at 1498 Caird Way in Palm Harbor, Fla., Fox 13 Tampa reported. 

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The 43-year-old driver, from Palm Harbor, was traveling at a high rate of speed on Manning Road and blew past a stop sign at the intersection while approaching Hermosa Drive, authorities said. The car struck an embankment and went airborne before plowing through the rear wall of a home. 

A 69-year-old woman inside the home died. A passenger inside the Tesla, a 43-year-old man from Odessa, Fla., was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries. 

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The driver, and two other passengers, a 28-year-old man from New Port Richey, Fla., and a 48-year-old man from Illinois, all sustained serious injuries in the crash. Authorities have not immediately released the names of the driver nor the victims, Tampa Bay Times reported.