A Tesla owner sacrificed his electric vehicle recently to save another driver, who reportedly suffered a stroke on a highway in Munich, Germany. The Tesla driver, according to MuenchnerMerkur, saw a Volkswagen Passat swerving erratically, hitting the guardrail many times. On closer inspection, he noticed that the driver appeared to be unconscious.
What all happened?
The Tesla driver then maneuvered his vehicle in front and slowed down the car gradually, forcing a gentle collision and bringing both vehicles to a stop. Then he was able to extract the unconscious driver from the car. According to reports by the German media, the driver was likely suffering a stroke.
The fire brigade and the police arrived at the scene and transported the 57-year old man to the hospital. At the moment, his condition is unknown. Manfred Kick, the Tesla driver, has since shared pictures of the damages and talked to the local media about the incident.
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Tesla to expedite and bear the cost of damages
The combined damages of both cars were minor – bumper damage to the Passat and the Tesla – but the total came to about $10,000, according to newspaper reports. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the EV firm is covering all repair costs in recognition of the heroism by the Tesla driver.
In a tweet, Musk said, “Congrats to the Tesla owner who sacrificed damage to his own car to bring a car with an unconscious driver safely to a stop!”
Musk said the automaker would expedite the repairs, which is a huge thing. In certain markets, repairs can take a long time. The collision happened on Monday night on the Autobahn near Munich in southern Germany.
In appreciation, Tesla is providing all repair costs free of charge and expedited. https://t.co/D68HNJcCoQ
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 15, 2017
This is an unvarnished and rare act of heroism done by the Tesla driver. He put his own safety on the line to attempt to save a stranger’s life. It is a good answer to the frequent questions about why Tesla drivers are still able to override the safety mechanisms of the car when necessary, notes BGR. The driver would not have been able to pull off this stunt if the electric vehicle was programmed to always use its sensors to prevent collisions.