Shocking moment Tesla driver's 'brakes fail' at 70mph as he crashes through Ohio convention center and narrowly misses girls competing in junior volleyball tournament

  • The Tesla 2020 Model S crashed into the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Vine Street, Ohio on May 4
  • Driver said he was doing 70mph when he left Route 315 at the Vine Street exit where the speed limit is 30mph
  • He claimed his brakes failed and he was unable to stop the car, however, witnesses say they never saw his brake lights go on 
  • Volleyball players and their parents could be seen running towards the vehicle after the horror crash 
  • The Tesla driver was cited with failure to control his vehicle and was taken to the hospital and was said to be in stable condition

A Tesla driver claims his brakes failed moments before he crashed into a Ohio convention center where young girls were competing in a volleyball tournament. 

The 2020 Model S driver was reportedly travelling at 70mph down Route 315 when he took the Vine Street exit and lost control near the High Street intersection in Columbus, Ohio on May 4.

Frightening surveillance footage of the lunchtime crash shows the vehicle plowing through the Greater Columbus Convention Center, where a junior volleyball tournament was being held.

The driver told police he could not break after exiting the highway onto Vine Street where the speed limit is 30mph, according to the Columbus Dispatch

It is unclear if the driver was using autopilot. 

Witnesses, however, gave WBNS 10 a different account of the crash. 

A 2020 Model S driver, who was not identified, reportedly lost control of the vehicle on May 4 while going 70mph down Route 315 near High Street around lunchtime in Columbus, Ohio. He hit a potted plant before crashing into the corner of the Greater Columbus Convention Centre

The car hit the building around 70mph, causing an explosion of glass and dirt as it jump a small staircase 

One witness, who was standing on a the sidewalk, said the driver appeared to increase speed while attempting to make a yellow light, while another said they did spot the brake lights flash as the car headed toward the convention center.

Another witness, who was stopped at right light on High Street, also agreed they didn't notice the driver's brake lights go on. 

Although it unclear if the driver was using autopilot, Tesla estimated only one crash per 4.31million miles on autopilot. 

Surveillance footage shows the car crossing the intersection at high-speeds, slamming into the corner of the convention entre, glass shattering and metal falling to the ground. 

Video of the crash shows the white car slamming into a large basin of potted plants before jumping a small staircase and ramming the building. 

Inside surveillance shows the luxury car spinning out of control, hitting a thick support beam so hard it caused the vehicle to turn backward and taking out half out of the front end of the car. 

Little girls and their mothers attending a junior volleyball championships can been seen running toward the crash to see what happened. 

Glass, support beams, and dirt from a potted plant was seen mixed together on the ground after the crash 

Half of the front end of the car was ripped off in the collision and the bottom half of the support beam was torn to shreds 

No one inside the building was injured and the driver was taken to Grant Medical Center where he was said to be in stable condition. 

He was cited with failure to control his vehicle.  

Construction workers and fireman were seen working on the building later, and video footage shows a huge hole. 

The convention center estimates it will cost between $250,000 and $300,000 to fix the building. has contacted the Columbus Police Department and Tesla for comment.  

The convention center (pictured before the crash) has estimated its repair cost at $250,000 to $300,000


Tesla 2020 Model S brakes fail at 70mph claims driver in Greater Columbus Convention Center crash

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