Unless you’re driving down the Autobahn or in the middle of a NASCAR race, 128 MPH is way too fast to be going in most circumstances. Especially when you’re coming up on a red light. But, for Jose Manuel Soto, traffic laws or speed limits apparently didn’t matter. Back on October 21, a 128 MPH driving session turned into a ran red light, and now he’s in a world of trouble.
The Florida man is facing three counts of reckless driving and causing serious bodily injury after the Tesla Model S he was driving in T-boned an Infiniti SUV on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami Beach. All three people inside the Infiniti were treated for serious injuries, with one person going into a several-week coma and another sustaining multiple fractures and a collapsed lung. The third person suffered a traumatic brain injury.
“This very severe crash resulted in everyone being transported to JMH,” said Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez, according to NBC Miami. “Miraculously no one lost their lives.”
According to a police report, Soto was able to lower his speed to 93 MPH in the 45 MPH zone before the high-speed crash. Surveillance video also shows that the light he was approaching had been red for six seconds and that he had still been accelerating only five seconds before impact.
“The force of the impact was so great that the Tesla vehicle almost cut the larger, heavier Infiniti in half,” the report reads.
The intense incident even got the attention of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who inserted himself into a speculative conversation on Twitter over whether or not Tesla’s Autopilot mode was in use at the time of the crash.
Now, an electric vehicle autopilot system having a max speed limit of 90 MPH maybe still isn’t the safest of settings, but you still can’t exactly pin this on Tesla either.