Footage revealed on Wednesday by Chinese state media revealed what may be the earliest ever fatality in a Tesla car using the autopilot function.

A dashcam video recorded the Model S slamming full speed into the back of a road sweeping vehicle on an expressway 450 kilometers south of Beijing.

The collision occurred on January 20th this year, killing the 23 year old driver Gao Yaning immediately.  If autopilot was in part responsible for the tragedy, this would mean that first autopilot fatality took place in China, 4 months before the deadly Tesla Model S wreck in Florida on May 7 this year, which until now was believed to be the first driver death related to Tesla’s autonomous driver assist system.

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Based in Beijing, April Ma writes on tech trends and covers startups that may (or may not) be the next BATs. Reach her at April.ma@technode.com or Mafangjing (Wechat).