Widow Blames Tesla in New Lawsuit for Husband’s Fiery Car-Death

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed this week that there have been 273 crashes in the past year involving self-driving  eslas — a number far greater than had been previously reported.

Now, the family of 48-year-old doctor Omar Awan is blaming his Tesla in a fiery crash that resulted in the man’s death.

It happened in 2019, when Awan crashed into a tree near Davie, Florida.

Awan was trapped in the Tesla by emergency responders who couldn’t find a handle to open it. They also tried breaking in the windshield, but they couldn’t, because it was resistant to breakage.

Awan was killed in the flames.

The all-electric Tesla’s door handles are designed to recede into the body of the vehicle when it is in motion. This ensures that the metal is flush with the body for improved aerodynamics. During an accident, the handles are supposed to pop back out automatically, but Awan’s family says that didn’t happen.

According to the Davie police report, a Tesla expert told them. “The handles … are electronic and would not operate if power is abruptly cut in the vehicle.”

Awan’s wife, Lilliana, rushed to the scene, just blocks from their home.

“He did not die on impact. The good Samaritans who were trying to open the door from the outside weren’t able to do so. Then, they tried to break the window,”Lilliana stated.

She is now suing Tesla, claiming a design flaw led to her husband’s death.

They had five children together. Their youngest child was only 6 years old at the time of their father’s death.

Lilliana answered the question, “Do you blame the car?” “110%, on my children’s lives. They would have had their father. I would have had my husband.”

According to court filings, the company denies being responsible and claims that the car was in compliance with industry standards.

Tesla issued a statement shortly after the 2019 accident in which it stated that its “vehicles are engineered to be the safest cars in the world.”

Tesla said that Awan’s blood alcohol level was higher than the legal limit and that he was speeding. He also wasn’t wearing his seatbelt.

His wife claims that none of this is why her husband died.

“There was no way to get that poor human being out,”She said.

After speaking with Tesla, investigators found that they do not believe the Tesla was operating on autopilot at time of crash.