Driver Charged in Tesla Subaru Crash

BOULDER, Colo. – The Boulder Police Department has charged the driver of a Tesla in connection with a crash that seriously injured another driver.

At approximately 8:12 a.m. on Feb. 18, Boulder Police and Boulder Fire-Rescue responded to a two-vehicle crash near Arapahoe Avenue and Conestoga Street.

A Tesla Model 3 was driving eastbound on Arapahoe Ave when a Subaru Crosstrek turned left in front of the Tesla. The vehicles collided in the intersection and then the Subaru struck a power pole at the southeast corner. The Subaru driver— a 31-year-old male —was extricated by Fire-Rescue personnel and transported to the hospital with significant injuries. The Tesla driver—a 50-year-old male—did not report any injuries at the scene. The drivers were the only occupants of both vehicles.

The Tesla driver, Dion Jordan of Erie, was booked into the Boulder County jail this morning on a single felony charge of vehicular assault-reckless driving. The Tesla’s autopilot was not engaged, and Traffic officers believe speed was a factor in the crash.

As in every criminal case, these charges are an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.