Update 12:48 p.m.: The driver of the 2021 Tesla has been confirmed to be a 35-year-old man, according to a news release. The identity of the driver will be released at a later time.
It is unknown if intoxication/impairment played a role in the crash. No roadways were affected as a result of the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.
Anyone with information to the crash are asked to call the CHP Fort Tejon Area at 661-248-6655.
Update: The Tesla was traveling southbound on Outlet Drive at a high rate of speed when they lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a block wall. The driver was ejected the driver and caused the car to catch fire, according to CHP.
The operator of the Tesla was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The driver was the only occupant of the Tesla.
It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash.
Laval Road will be closed during the investigation.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — One person has died after a Tesla’s battery caught fire Wednesday morning at the Tejon Outlets shopping center, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Traffic Incident Information Page.
The car fire was reported at 7:55 a.m., just north of Laval Road, according to CHP. A red Tesla’s ion battery caught fire and firefighters are on the scene battling the flames, according to CHP.
A 17 News crew is on the way and will have updates throughout the morning.
This is a developing story. We will issue an update when more information is made available.