A driver died in a fiery car crash on city streets in Pleasanton on Saturday evening after his Tesla slammed into a traffic signal pole and cement wall, according to police.
The name of the male driver has not been released, and the cause of the solo-vehicle crash in front of the Andares condo complex remains under investigation.
The fatal wreck unfolded just before 6 p.m. Saturday when the driver of a 2018 Tesla Model S traveling southbound on Hacienda Drive lost control for unknown reasons at the West Las Positas Boulevard intersection, according to Pleasanton police Sgt. Ben Sarasua.
The Tesla struck a traffic signal pole and a cement wall, and then caught fire, Sarasua said. The male driver, who was the only occupant, died as a result of his injuries, according to the sergeant.
The Pleasanton police traffic unit continues to investigate the cause of the crash, according to Sarasua. Investigators have not yet determined whether alcohol or drugs were a factor.
In a follow-up report around noon Sunday, police officials said the Tesla’s battery actually reignited after the car had been taken away from the scene. Fire crews responded to contain the flames.
Portions of West Las Positas Boulevard and Stoneridge Drive near the intersection were closed throughout the night during the investigation and cleanup. The county’s AC Alert system announced that the roadways fully reopened just after 5 a.m. Sunday.
The Livermore Police Department and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office assisted Pleasanton police with the investigation and traffic control, Sarasua said.
Anyone with information about the crash can contact Pleasanton PD’s traffic unit at 931-5100.
This was the second serious crash in Pleasanton in nearly 24 hours. A motorcyclist sustained critical injuries after losing control and striking a pole while riding on Dublin Canyon Road around 4:45 p.m. Friday, police said.