It is becoming too difficult to avoid my use of the words “toldja so,” in a follow-up column, particularly when it comes to automotive technology disruptor Tesla Motors and its equally disruptive CEO, Elon Musk. Try not to come off as smug when the news in question involves something as touchy as a fatal crash, in this case the 2018 accident involving a Tesla Model X that collided with a crash barrier in California that had been damaged in a previous accident.
The late Tesla operator—we hesitate to call him a “driver,” because he wasn’t quite driving—Wei Huang probably would have survived had California fixed the barrier, according to a story on a National Transportation Safety Board hearing in Washington Tuesday reported by The New York Times and other sources.
Don’t blame solely the California Transportation Commission. According to the hearing as reported in the Times, Huang, an Apple