July 5, 2014 in Nation/World

Crash of stolen Tesla injures driver, six others

Associated Press
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A police officer Friday passes the back of a Tesla wedged between walls at Congregation Kol Ami synagogue in West Hollywood, Calif.
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – A stolen Tesla speeding through Los Angeles-area streets went out of control and was torn in half in a fiery crash with other vehicles that injured its driver and six other people.

The crash early Friday left the back end of the electric car wedged between two walls of a synagogue in West Hollywood and the front end down the street among other wrecked cars and a toppled traffic signal.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the Tesla driver was ejected and originally believed to have died, but was resuscitated by paramedics.

One of the six victims was listed in critical condition.

The Tesla was reported stolen shortly before 1 a.m. in Los Angeles. Police officer Christopher No said officers briefly gave chase until their patrol car crashed.

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