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Tesla Crash Victim Was 99% to Blame for His Death, Jury Says

  • Family claimed carmaker was negligent in 18-year-old’s wreck
  • Barrett Riley lost control of car driving at 116 mph in 2018
Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

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A jury found Tesla Inc. just 1% responsible for the death of a teenager who crashed a Model S into a wall at high speed, concluding that the 18-year-old and his father were 99% to blame for the 2018 accident.

The verdict Tuesday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, follows the first trial the electric-car maker faced over a fatal accident involving one of its electric cars.