For crash investigators, one significant difference between the Williston crash and the one in Delray Beach was the ability to see images extracted from cameras that are part of the Autopilot system.
A series of photos included in the report provides a stark portrait of the crash circumstances — and a precise view of what Banner should have seen had he paid attention to the driving task.
At 6:17 a.m., the first hint of early-morning sunlight had just cracked the Florida darkness. Five seconds before impact, the big rig is visible, waiting to cross the highway from the driveway of Pero Family Farms on the right side of the road. Later, the truck’s driver told investigators he thought the vehicle in the right lane “flickered their lights,” which he interpreted as a signal that he could proceed.
Four seconds to impact, the truck begins moving. Three seconds beforehand, the truck begins encroaching on Banner’s lane. One second before impact, the tractor trailer is blocking all…