Victims of fiery Tesla crash near downtown to be laid to rest this week

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Kevin McCarthy (left) and Casey Speckman (right)

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

The crash happened early Thursday morning near 16th and Illinois streets. Witnesses said the car was speeding when it lost control and slammed into a tree.

Casey Speckman, 27, and Kevin McCarthy, 44, were killed. Emergency crews had trouble reaching the victims because of several fires that broke out after the crash. In addition to a fire from the car itself, the vehicle’s lithium ion battery cells also caught fire. Crews spent several minutes fighting the flames, delaying efforts to rescue Speckman and McCarthy.

4 Fast Facts

  • Funerals scheduled this week for victims of Indianapolis crash
  • Kevin McCarthy and Casey Speckman died after Tesla hit tree
  • The crash left a large debris field that included several fires from lithium ion batteries
  • The crash remains under investigation

IFD said last week that the batteries burn very hot and that it requires “copious amounts” of water to douse such fires.

Speckman, the driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. Crews managed to get McCarthy out of the vehicle, but he later died from his injuries at Eskenazi Hospital.

McCarthy, a father of four and former FBI agent, graduated from Cathedral High School in 1990 and studied accounting at The Catholic University of America before joining the bureau. Family and friends gathered for a wake Sunday. Funeral mass was scheduled for Monday at St. Luke Catholic Church. Read his obituary here.

Speckman, an Indiana University graduate who attended Roger Williams Law School in Rhode Island, is Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Conkle Funeral Home in Avon. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. Find her obituary here.

The crash remains under investigation. In a statement last week, Tesla said it was unlikely that the car’s Autopilot feature was to blame.

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