A man who ‘bragged about his Tesla car’s autopilot feature’ has died in a horrific crash.
Steven Michael Hendrickson, 35, was killed at approximately 2.30am on May 5, when driving his white Tesla Model 3 in Fontana, 50 miles from Los Angeles.
Police have now warned that the horrific accident is ‘an opportunity to remind the public that driving is a complex task that requires the driver’s full attention’.
Previously, Hendrickson had shown his car off on social media, including the fact he could drive without using his hands.
In one clip, the dad-of-two wrote: “Best carpool buddy possible even takes the boring traffic for me.”
On his Facebook account, he then shared another video of the Tesla on autopilot.
In the clip, he can be heard telling his followers: “Don’t worry. I am on autopilot.”
The 35-year-old is believed to be a member of the Tesla Club-SoCal, who is planning to hold a remembrance drive in his honour.
The club released a statement, which read: “One of our members and dear friend Steven Hendrickson was killed in a car crash on May 5th. He was a wonderful father, friend, and active in the Tesla Club-SoCal community.
“Every time we spoke to him, he would light up talking about his kids and loved his Tesla. He would drive all the way from Big Bear to attend our events. He was truly an amazing human being and will be missed!”
A GoFundMe page has now been launched to help raise funds for his funeral.
The description reads: “Steven has a family two amazing kids and a wife. He was an amazing father and husband. His death was unexpected and was taken too soon from this Earth.”
So far, $1,900 of the $10,000 goal has been raised.
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