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Tesla Used in Fatal Taylor Street Collision Was Rented on Getaround


A Sunday afternoon collision that killed one man and seriously injured a woman occurred after the driver allegedly drove a 2018 Tesla Model 3 rented from carshare company Getaround through a red light.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Taylor and O’Farrell streets shortly after 2 p.m. on July 21. The driver — identified by SFPD as 21-year-old Kelsey Mariah Cambridge — allegedly speeding up Taylor and ran a red light at the intersection. She hit a Mini Cooper, and then a couple. Benjamin Dean, age 39, was killed, and his wife Kelly was critically injured. The pair were visiting from Clovis; his wife Kelly posted a Facebook video yesterday just hours before the collision, showing the couple enjoying the Museum of Ice Cream.

The owner of the Tesla, Albert Kim, told KPIX that he rented the car to a woman yesterday through Getaround. According to the company’s eligibility guidelines, drivers must have had a license for two years before being allowed to rent a car — and you must be 25 years old to rent a “specialty” car, of which Teslas are. The company advertises Teslas on its site as $25 an hour and up. The driver was apparently 22 years old.

As part of the investigation, SFPD has pulled a computer chip from the car to see if it was operating in autopilot mode.

Supervisor Matt Haney tweeted Monday morning that motorcycle officers will be monitoring the intersection during the day, and Tenderloin Station will do enforcement at night.

SF Weekly has reached out to Getaround for comment.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Eleasia Fraise was the driver. That information was later discovered to be incorrect.

Nuala Sawyer Bishari

Nuala Sawyer Bishari is the News Editor at SF Weekly. You can reach her at (415)-359-2644 or nsawyer@sfweekly.com. Follow her on Twitter at @TheBestNuala.

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