Two people killed in fiery Tesla crash laid to rest this week

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Picture of Kevin McCarthy (left), Casey Speckman (right)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Two people killed in a fiery crash involving a Tesla early Thursday morning will be laid to rest this week

Casey Speckman, 27, and Kevin McCarthy, 44, died after the 2015 Model S in which they were traveling lost control and crashed into a tree near Illinois and 16th streets around 1 a.m. Thursday. The vehicle left a large debris field.

Speckman, who was driving the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency crews were able to get McCarthy out of the car, but he died later at Eskenazi Hospital.

McCarthy was a former Special Agent in the FBI and President of a lawyer support and technology business, Case Pacer, Inc. He is survived by his wife of 15 years and their four children.

His funeral is scheduled for today at 11:20 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church.

Speckman was a graduate of Indiana University and Roger Williams Law School. She was a sales representative for Case Pacer, Inc. She was engaged to wed Brandon Seniff on September 22, 2017. She is survived by her parents and brother. Her funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9 at 6 p.m. at Conkle Funeral Home in Avon.

Case Pacer issued the following statement regarding McCarthy and Speckman’s deaths:

Case Pacer suffered a tragic loss on Thursday, November 3, when its founder Kevin McCarthy and sales representative Casey Speckman died in a car accident after a company event. Kevin brought together a team who share his passion and vision for Case Pacer, but words cannot express the extent to which both Kevin and Casey were loved and will be missed.

Case Pacer will continue to provide and improve on the services and tools that have made it an integral part of your day-to-day legal practice; however, please take a moment to remember Casey and Kevin with us and the energy and joy they brought to this industry and our lives.

Tesla Motors said in a statement on Friday that they are working with authorities in Indianapolis to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash. The car couldn’t transmit data to the company’s servers because of the amount of damage from the collision and resulting fire. They do not believe the Autopilot feature caused the crash.

“Had Autopilot been engaged it would have limited the vehicle’s speed to less than 35 mph on this street, which is inconsistent with witness statements and the damage sustained,” the company said.