Man Purposely Damages Tesla Model S to Save a Life; Elon Musk Announces Compensation
He pulled his Tesla Model S before the Passat to make it stop forcibly hoping that it might save the life of the driver. (Image: Tesla)
Will you ever crash your Tesla Model S to save a life? 41-year-old Manfred Kick in Munich, Germany did it and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has come forward to pay for repairs as well.
According to a report by German newspaper Muenchner Merkur, Kick while driving his Tesla Model S on an expressway near Munich noticed a Volkswagen Passat slamming the guardrail several times and the vehicle appeared to be out of control.
He was quick to realise that the driver of the Passat was unconscious while the car kept ramming the guardrails along the road. Kick called in emergency services and he decided to take the first step to help the Passat driver.
He pulled his Tesla Model S before the Passat to make it stop forcibly hoping that it might save the life of the driver. In this attempt, Kick damaged the rear bumper of the Model S.
“I had to stop his car somehow, otherwise it would have continued forever. And it was clear that the driver needed urgent help,” Kick told the German newspaper.
It was later uncovered by the emergency services that the Passat driver might have suffered a stroke while driving and was taken to the hospital.
To appreciate this effort, CEO Elon Musk tweeted, “Tesla is providing all repair costs free of charge and expedited.
Congrats to the Tesla owner who sacrificed damage to his own car to bring a car with an unconscious driver safely to a stop!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 15, 2017