Tesla Driver Hits Gas Not Brakes, Launches Onto Jetty

The Model 3 ended up stuck on the rocks just a few feet from a dunk in the harbor.

tesla model 3 drives onto jetty
Orange County Sheriff's Department

A driver in Orange County, California mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal while parking this weekend, sending their Tesla Model 3 crashing over the rocky jetty of Dana Point Harbor, police said.

Authorities say there were no injuries, but the car was beached on the rocks and had to be recovered with the help of the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Dana Point Harbor Patrol. It's unclear how damaged the Tesla is, but jagged rocks on a car's underbody are never good.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedal confusion causes roughly 16,000 crashes per year. As this incident shows, quicker and more responsive cars may end up even further from the beaten path when drivers confuse their pedals.

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