Clovis man killed, identified after Tesla crashes into tourists in San Francisco intersection


SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — One pedestrian is dead and another is in life-threatening condition following a two-car crash at the intersection of Taylor and O’Farrell Streets in San Francisco on Sunday afternoon, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

San Francisco police responded to the intersection near 405 Taylor Street at around 2:08 p.m. after receiving reports of a vehicle collision involving a rented Tesla.

The woman driving the Tesla, identified by police as 21-year-old Kelsey Mariah Cambridge of Vallejo, was arrested on suspicion of running a red light and vehicular manslaughter, according to police. was apparently speeding and ran a red light, police learned from surveillance footage. The vehicle was broadsided by a Mini Cooper and spun out, hitting the two pedestrians walking in the crosswalk, police said.

The victims, a couple visiting from Clovis, California, were transported to a San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The husband succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

He is identified as Benjamin Dean, 39.

“It’s very upsetting, I mean, what are we at now? 14 or 15 fatalities regarding vehicles versus ped in the city?” said SFPD Sgt. Frank Harrell.

Both drivers of the two involved vehicles were uninjured and remained on the scene to cooperate with investigators. Police said alcohol and drugs didn’t seem to be factors in the collision.

Investigators from SFPD’s Traffic Collision Investigation Unit collected a USB thumb drive from the Tesla’s computer to determine if the driver was using the vehicle’s autonomous driving mode at the time of the crash. Investigators will also review the vehicle’s dash cam footage.

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