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US auto regulator to probe fatal Tesla Los Angeles crash

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, will investigate a fatal Dec. 29 Tesla Inc. crash in Los Angeles, CNBC reported, citing the auto regulator.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to CNBC that a 2016 Model S Tesla ran a red light in Los Angeles and collided with a Honda Civic, resulting in the death of the two occupants of that car. The two people inside the Tesla were injured.

According to CNBC, it could not be immediately determined whether Tesla's advanced Autopilot driver assistance system was a factor in the crash.

The NHTSA did not immediately respond to S&P Global Market Intelligence's request for comment. Tesla did not respond to a request for comment by CNBC.

The investigation is the latest in a string of probes by the NHTSA into crashes involving Tesla vehicles, according to Bloomberg News. In October 2019, Reuters reported that the NHTSA is looking into Tesla's new Smart Summon feature following reports of parking lot crashes.