MALIBU — The driver killed on a Tesla car crash in Malibu this past Monday has been identified as 53-year old, Woodland Hills resident Timothy Andre Devine.
Devine was killed when his 2013 Tesla veered to the right on Malibu Canyon north of Francisco Ranch Drive and then made a plunge off the road and into two boulders at the bottom of the canyon. His car broke into pieces and caught on fire, causing a small fire that spread to three acres of brush on the Canyon hillside, and required 180 firefighters to battle it. One firefighter suffered a minor injury. The accident closed off Malibu Canyon Road, for several hours. Devine died at the scene.
Investigators took the Tesla’s vehicle identification number from a piece of the wreckage and ran it through the Department of Motor Vehicle Records to verify that the dead driver was the owner of the tesla. They then identified him through a fingerprint database search, confirmed Craig Harvey, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
“We asked the LAPD to compare the prints to a person that we thought was the deceased, and it came back a match,” Harvey said.
Devine was a partner at Marks & Devine CPAs, a “full service tax, accounting and business consulting firm located in Calabasas, CA.” He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University, Northridge, and his California Real Estate broker’s license in 2004. According to the company’s website, Devine provided accounting services for entertainment and real estate clients.
He leaves behind a pregnant wife and a 2-year old son. Neal Marks, his business partner and life long friend said that the family is grieving and asked for privacy at this time. Marks and Devine met 30 years ago, while working at an accounting firm, and then founded Marks & Devine CPAs in 1994.
“He was my best friend. Everybody loved him,” said Marks, “Tim was such a great guy. The clients loved him, and the staff loved him,” Marks said.
Funeral services are pending.