The Tesla Model S owner who damaged his vehicle to save a fellow driver drew the attention of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who offered to help.
The media has been buzzing these past few days about the heroic act of a Tesla owner who sacrificed his Model S to save another driver's life. As expected, the inspiring act quickly got international coverage and the story reached the ears of none other than Elon Musk, who decided to reward the brave man.
Tesla Owner Saves Another Driver's Life
For those who may have missed the story, here's the deal. Manfred Kick was driving his Model S on the German Autobahn near Munich and noticed that a person in a Volkswagen Passat was driving erratically on the highway, German publication Munchen Merkur reported. The Passat hit the guardrail several times and swerved suspiciously, so Kick realized that something was wrong.
He didn't know whether the Passat driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or whether some other issue was at stake, but he nonetheless decided to intervene to avoid a more serious accident. Kick accelerated to reach the Volkswagen Passat and when he looked over, he saw that the driver appeared unconscious.
With an unconscious driver and a rogue vehicle on the highway, Kick realized that it could lead to a disaster so he quickly sped up, positioned his Model S in front of the Passat and started to slow down, so the rogue vehicle would crash into his car. Both vehicles eventually came to a stop, Kick got out of his Tesla Model S and went over to the Passat driver to offer first aid.
Others who witnessed the scene called the emergency services and medical personnel concluded that the driver of the Passat had suffered a stroke, which is why he was unconscious. It was Kick's quick response and heroic action that saved the driver who had a stroke, which is why the story got so much traction.
Kick didn't care that the collision would damage his Model S, nor that the repairs would not be cheap, he only cared about saving the life of a stranger who had a stroke on the highway. The man is now stable, and Kick's selfless act will not go unrewarded.
Elon Musk Offers To Pay For Tesla Model S Repairs
Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk was impressed by the heroic act of the Model S owner and decided to intervene in the situation, offering to have the car fixed for free.
Musk took to Twitter to congratulate Kick and announce that Tesla would cover the costs of the repair and expedite the process.
In appreciation, Tesla is providing all repair costs free of charge and expedited. https://t.co/D68HNJcCoQ
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 15, 2017
All in all, this whole occurrence could have had a tragic end were it not for Kick, but it all worked out in the end and it now serves as an inspirational story. Kick selflessly saved a man's life and to reward the good deed, Tesla will fix the damaged Model S completely free of charge.