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Father Sues Tesla After Teen Son Killed in Flaming Crash

Police say Barrett Riley and his 18-year-old friend Edgar Monserratt died when Riley lost control of his father's car at 116 mph in May 2018

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    Tesla Was Traveling 116 MPH Before Fiery Crash: NTSB

    Federal investigators say a Tesla that crashed and burned in Fort Lauderdale was traveling 116 miles per hour three seconds before impact. Edgar Monserratt and driver Barrett Riley, both 18, were killed in the crash.

    (Published Tuesday, June 26, 2018)

    The father of an 18-year-old Florida teen killed when his speeding Tesla slammed into a wall and caught fire is suing the company, saying the crash should have been "entirely survivable."

    Police say Barrett Riley and his 18-year-old friend Edgar Monserratt died when Riley lost control of his father's car at 116 mph in May 2018 in Fort Lauderdale. Another friend was thrown from the car and survived.

    The South Florida SunSentinel reports that James B. Riley sued Wednesday in Santa Clara County, California, where Tesla is based. Monserratt's parents filed a similar lawsuit in January. Both blame the car's lithium-ion battery pack, which exploded when the Tesla hit a concrete wall.

    A Tesla statement earlier this year said "no car could have withstood a high-speed crash of this kind."

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