Several security videos captured the moment a Tesla electric car crashed through the front of a convention center at 70 mph and causing about $300,000 worth of damage.
The incident unfolded at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on May 4.
The accident report said that the driver ran a red light and was driving at about 70 mph. He was identified as 63-year-old Frantz Jules. The report said the car belonged to the Yellow Cab Company.
The video shows the 2020 Tesla Model S ramming into the side of the building, and another video inside shows the damaged car skidding to a stop inside. Bystanders ran to help the driver.
The driver told law enforcement that he lost control of the breaks before driving off of the highway. He said the car stayed at a steady 70 mph until the crash.
The convention center was hosting several events at the time, including a girls’ junior volleyball championship. No one inside was hurt.
The report said that three witnesses told police that they saw the car speed up before the crash and that there was no signs of the driver pressing the brakes to stop the car.
The driver was transported to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
The repairs for the damage to the convention center are estimated to cost between $250,000 and $300,000 and include replacement of drywall, a sprinkler system, power lines, carpeting, and wall coverings. The restoration will take about three months.
The driver was cited for failure to control his vehicle according to Franklin County Municipal Court. The report said neither drugs nor alcohol were a cause of the accident.
Here’s the security videos of the Tesla crash: