Tesla driver killed while using Autopilot loved fast cars

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man killed while operating a self-driving car in Florida is being remembered as a brilliant innovator with a big appetite for adventure.

Friends and neighbors say Joshua Brown loved fast cars and motorcycles but was always safe behind the wheel. Neighbor Richard Tichenor says Brown was “like a little kid” when he took home his 2015 Tesla Model S late last summer.

Brown was operating the car via its Autopilot feature when he died on May 7 in Williston, Florida, becoming the first person killed in a U.S. wreck involving a car in self-driving mode.

The 40-year-old lived in Canton, where he ran a wireless technology company.

Friends and neighbors say he was incredibly smart and never met a stranger.