Also on Monday, Tesla said its highest-ranking engineer would take a leave of absence and CEO Elon Musk formally announced the restructuring he had previously hinted about on Tesla's weird first-quarter earnings conference call.
In a statement, the South Jordan Police Department said the driver admitted that she was looking at her phone prior to the collision. The system allows the electric vehicle to automatically change lanes, to Park and avoid collisions.
The motorist suffered a broken ankle and was taken to a hospital while a firefighter escaped unharmed.
"It's super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the ~40,000 people who died in US auto accidents alone in past year get nearly no coverage", he said in a tweet.
The front end of the Tesla was completely crushed in the incident near 10400 S. Bangerter Highway on Friday, and police said the vehicle was traveling at around 60 miles per hour when it hit the vehicle.
"These cars can't drive themselves, but it's too easy for consumers to think they can", says William Wallace, senior policy analyst for Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports. "An impact at that speed usually results in severe injury or death".
Just last week, the NTSB opened an investigation into a case where a fatal Fort Lauderdale crash raised eyebrows, as it was the agency's fourth active probe into the automaker's electric vehicles.
Last week, the NTSB started probing an incident where a Model S caught fire after a crash, killing two people.
The U.S. agency also is looking into the performance of the company's semi-autonomous Autopilot system after a Tesla Model X SUV crashed into a barrier on a California highway. Two 18-year-olds were trapped in the vehicle and died in the flames. But fears that the former system might not work with drivers of different heights, along with concerns over camera and sensor costs, led to the plans being abandoned, according to the Journal's sources.
"As part of the reorg, we are flattening the management structure to improve communication, combining functions where sensible and trimming activities that are not vital to the success of our mission".
Back in March, an Uber in self-driving mode hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona.
"As a reminder for drivers of semi-autonomous vehicles, it is the driver's responsibility to stay alert, drive safely, and be in control of the vehicle at all times", Winkler added.
Police said they had been in contact with the National Transportation Safety Board about the crash.