Heroic driver sacrificed his Tesla car to save unconscious driver’s life; Tesla CEO Elon Musk offers to cover repair costs

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It feels good to be the hero, and for the driver that exposed his Tesla (and himself) to danger in order to save another driver, it won’t even be very costly.
 
41-year-old Manfred Kick was driving his Tesla Model S down the Autobahn near Munich, Germany on Monday, when he noticed something was amiss. The Volkswagen Passat ahead of him was out of control, swerving and slamming into the guardrail.
 
When he took a closer look, he saw the driver was slumped over the steering wheel, apparently unconscious. Kick immediately called emergency services.

 

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He could have driven off and hoped for the best, but it was clear the situation was still dangerous. Kick was concerned the other car wasn’t stopping, and he told the German newspaper Muencher Merkur “it was clear the driver needed urgent help.”
 
How do you stop a speeding car? Kick settled on some Newtonian physics. He risked his safety — and his Tesla — and pulled in front of the unconscious driver’s car. He carefully slowed until the Passat hit his rear bumper and continued to brake until he brought both cars to a stop. He stayed with the driver, gave the man first aid, and waited until help arrived. According to Muencher Merkur, police and fire responders took the driver to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a possible stroke and internal injuries.
 
The feel-good story would potentially end with a large damage bill for the Tesla driver — there’s a total of 10,000 euros in combined damage, according to Jalopnik — if it weren’t for Elon Musk, who shared the story on Twitter and said Tesla would provide all repair costs free of charge.
 


 
The German police are conducting a formal investigation against Kick, as is always the case after an accident. However, according to a policeman handling the case, he is more likely to get an award for his bravery than a fine.

 
 

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