Corvallis Tesla Crash

(Courtesy: Corvallis Police Department)

CORVALLIS, OR (KPTV) - A high-speed crash destroyed a Tesla, causing parts of the vehicle to enter nearby homes and damage an apartment complex in Corvallis Tuesday night, according to police.

At around 10:18 p.m., officers responded to a crash in the 800 block of Northwest Walnut Boulevard.

Police said an investigation indicated that the driver, later identified as Dylan Milota, of Corvallis, was driving eastbound on NW Walnut in excess of 100 miles per hour in a 2019 Tesla S when he lost control, left the roadway and traveled more than 300 feet before coming to a rest.

The Tesla was destroyed after shearing a power pole off at the base, as well as striking and knocking over two trees and a telephone junction box, according to police.

Police said hundreds of small batteries, which power the Tesla, were spread across the area following the crash.

Batteries enter two different homes by breaking through the windows. One battery landed on a person's lap and the second landed on a bed, catching the bedding on fire, according to police.

A tire that was ripped from the vehicle struck a second-story siding of a nearby apartment complex. The force ruptured the water pipes within the wall, which destroyed a bathroom and flooded the downstairs portion of the apartment, according to police.

Milota fled the scene after the crash, but was located about three blocks away. He was taken to an area hospital with only minor injuries.

Police said it was later determined that Milota was impaired by marijuana. He was cited at the hospital for driving under the influence of intoxicants - drugs, hit and run, second-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and reckless endangering.

Northwest Walnut Boulevard was closed for about three hours during the crash investigation and scene cleanup.

Many of the potentially hazardous batteries were collected after the crash, but police said there may still be some left in the area.

Police are asking the public to be aware that the batteries:

  • Can reportedly stay hot to the touch for up to 24 hours and could cause burns if handled.
  • Can release toxic fumes that may harm people and animals if inhaled.
  • Can leak substances that may harm people and animals if they are exposed.
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(Courtesy: Corvallis Police Department)

Anyone who finds one of those batteries is asked to contact Corvallis Regional Communication Center at 541-766-6914 and do not touch the battery. Corvallis Fire Department personnel will respond to collect the battery for proper disposal.

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(17) comments

Mrbastinado

Now on Craigslist; Slightly used rechargable AA batteries, CHEAP!

DefundTheMedia

Love it!

DefundTheMedia

Just another reason to not buy electric cars. Better for the environment? I think not.

Merlin

Fake news, everyone knows marijuana does not cause driving impairment.

dessertbunny

I was hoping he'd end up paraplegic cuz that's what he deserves. He deserves a long life of not being able to walk, or drive, anywhere. It's unusual it's under the influence of marijuana. People on weed drive super sloooooooooooow. Believe me. Find out what he's really been taking and throw the book at him.

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Tommy Boy: "That..was..AWESOME!!"

Seriously, reading the collateral damage from that crash was incredible. Truly one of the best crash stories I've ever read.

mairez

The batteries:

Can reportedly stay hot to the touch for up to 24 hours and could cause burns if handled.

Can release toxic fumes that may harm people and animals if inhaled.

Can leak substances that may harm people and animals if they are exposed.

But hey, they're green! :)

Merlin

[thumbup]

Mrbastinado

That'll buff out.

Tyrell Higgs

what a dummy, future up in smoke, how did he not get hurt, but at least he is uninjured and can work off the damage he has done.

DNelson

The audacity of Elon Musk approving such dangerous batteries inside the Tesla. Not only are these batteries a became a dangerouse missile to property, living organisms and people, they are a fire hazard as well. Not to mention an EPA nightmare.

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Oh..but by 2035, there will be no more fossil fuel cars. What's wrong with you? Don't let Governor Mao hear you talking like that.

Merlin

Electric cars, regardless of brand, are an environmental disaster.

Mrbastinado

I ain't no fan of Elon Musk, but seriously, if that've been an ICE vehicle, not only would've the driver NOT walked away but he'd been cremated on-site. Granted, he was waaaay stupid, but he walked away from it. So again, how was Elon stupid or arrogant? Hmm...

racecar57

Not necessarily things were just right for him to survive. For one thing a ice car would not have shown so much damage as the engine would have done the damage of taking the pole, trees, and mail box out. Person just does not know how some people are so lucky and others are not !! I do agree though that electric cars are no greener then modern ICE cars. Just a means for some people to get rich on convincing people that we have to change away from petrol fuels.

DefundTheMedia

That is completely incorrect. My van would have survived this way better. Also, the batteries are lithium-ion and therefore are MUCH HARDER for the fire department to put out if they caught on fire as water doesn't just put them out. Check your facts before posting.

DefundTheMedia

Cited? That's it? I hope not. This guy was stupid enough to waste his money on this overpriced fisher price piece of junk car, I'm not surprised he was stupid to drive impaired.

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