My Tesla saved my life!

My Tesla saved my life!

Friday evening about 11:15 PM I was driving east on US highway 6 in Denver, enjoying my Model S and listening to some music. My speed was about 65 MPH, the posted speed limit. Out of nowhere a VW Jetta appeared behind me and collided with the left rear of my car. The VW then zoomed past me going into a bit of a slide and throwing sparks and debris out as it went. I immediately lost control and slid clockwise, almost impacting another vehicle entering the highway from an entrance ramp. I missed that vehicle and narrowly missed the right side concrete barrier and slid in a clockwise 360. I then impacted the right side concrete barrier, ricocheted off, crossed the highway and hit the left side concrete barrier nearly head on. All air bags deployed and I came to a stop. I started to breath again and took stock - I was alive, nothing hurt very much, I could move, there was no fire or blood. I unbuckled my seat belt, got the driver's door open, and ducked out under the side curtain air bag. I could walk shakily away from my Model S. It was missing it's left rear wheel and the front of the vehicle now was where the front wheels normally are. There was a large debris field covered with Tesla parts. Clearly the front of the vehicle had acted as a crumple zone and protected me. The first responders were amazed that I wasn't hurt - they kept testing me and asking if I didn't want to go to the hospital. Through this experience I can affirm that the Model S deserves it's high safety rating. Thank you Tesla for building such a safe vehicle. I truly believe that my Tesla saved my life as an early Christmas present and I will be forever grateful. I'm sure the vehicle is totaled but I have already ordered an identical replacement. The crashed Model S was named Reggie - the new Model S will be named Phoenix I think.

The other vehicle came to a stop up the highway about 100 yards. The driver, a 19 year old, hopped the highway barrier and ran. He was caught, arrested, and charged with DUI, reckless driving and multiple other offenses. I'm glad he wasn't hurt.

I will try to insert a link to a picture here - hope it works.

Again, thanks Tesla for making not only the world's coolest car but the world's safest as well.

Merry Christmas to all!


Bighorn | December 24, 2018

Wow! A merry Christmas for sure. Could have been any of us. Glad you’re safe!

jjgunn | December 24, 2018

So glad you were able to walk away unscathed.

They really are amazing tanks aren't they.

Merry Christmas Jeff.

pgkevet | December 24, 2018

Glad to hear you're OK. Impressive story and that pic is scary.
I have to ask... did you have the camera recording??

Happy Christmas to you and everyone

SbMD | December 24, 2018

Amazing that you walked away from that crash.
Thanks for sharing and glad you are ok!

akikiki | December 24, 2018

Quite a ride. Glad you are okay. Merry Christmas

lilbean | December 25, 2018

It’s a Christmas miracle. So glad you’re safe! Merry Christmas.

bryan.hopkins | December 25, 2018

Glad you're safe!

Silver2K | December 25, 2018

Glad your safe and able to spend the holidays with your family!
Merry Christmas!

PS: it looks like you just washed the car.

jafitzden | December 25, 2018

Thanks all for your caring comments and well wishes! I pick up the new Model S tomorrow afternoon.

@pgkevet - I did have the dash cam recording; the video shows a pretty wild ride! If I can figure out how to trim the mp4 file and post it (maybe to YouTube?) I'll put up a link.

@Silver2K - Yep, washed the car the day before. I must have done an extra good job; usually when I wash the car it only causes it to rain. ;-)


kerryglittle | December 25, 2018

Great story. Not glad it happened to you but happy you are ok. Tesla's are built like a tank. Makes one wonder how much their life is worth when they don't want to spend a lot of money on a car though. Merry Christmas.

Bighorn | December 25, 2018

That's awesome you'll be back in a new car so quickly. I don't think you have to worry about whether they're going to total it. You'd be months without it if it were repairable.

inconel | December 25, 2018

The cabin looks intact! So glad you were not hurt. Merry Christmas!

PBEndo | December 25, 2018

Amazing to make it out of that without even a trip to the hospital. That crumple zone is incredible.

Since you already mentioned getting another Tesla, if you act fast - maybe get an inventory car - you can stlll get the full tax credit.

barrykmd | December 25, 2018

Glad your OK.

On the bright side, your car will be totaled and you won't have a waiting for parts nightmare.

CUrious where on 6 you were? I live near 6 and Wads.

NKYTA | December 25, 2018

Wow, so glad you were unscathed!!

Shesmyne2 | December 25, 2018

How terrifying for you! Amazing you walked away.
A true Merry Christmas for you.

Still Grinning ;-)

rxlawdude | December 25, 2018

Echoing others here, glad you are okay. Cars are replaceable.

jafitzden | December 25, 2018

@barrykmd - the accident was at 6th & Carr, just before the Wadsworth exit, so very close to you.

@PBEndo - you're right about the tax credit. I found an identical replacement in inventory and pick it up tomorrow!

I posted a clip of the camera video on YouTube at the following link. It was a wild ride! Glad to have had the dash cam capability - will be good evidence if needed...

Take care all!


mvotb | December 25, 2018

The passing car had already hit the Tesla in the left rear, causing the rear of the Tesla to move to the right, and the front of the car to the left.

Silver2K | December 25, 2018

The idiot going by the name jesus is a shorter, don't bother with him.

He's trying to be cute

Silver2K | December 25, 2018

Flagged whompy

mvotb | December 25, 2018

Ok Silver. I was kinda wondering how someone could be that stupid.

SO | December 25, 2018

Probably just keif again. He’s got a big conspiracy about wheels falling off Teslas.

rxlawdude | December 25, 2018

Be nice to Jeaus. It's his birthday.

talels | December 25, 2018

Glad you are ok! The picture and the video look scary, but thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

Anthony J. Parisio | December 26, 2018

I'm glad you are well. You being OK I'm sure meant everything to your loved ones. Thank you for sharing the video with us.

Mike83 | December 26, 2018

Holiday driving season is safer in a Tesla. Glad your OK.
Thanks for posting the video | December 26, 2018

Wow, so glad you're safe and can get a new Tesla so quickly. The video is scary! Thanks for sharing.

Silver2K | December 26, 2018

It's an incredible video, but I just can't stop wondering what the driver in the minivan was thinking when he saw all this happening around him/her.

Did that person stop to help or did that person get hit by the VW also?

jafitzden | December 26, 2018

Silver2K - I asked the same question! That poor driver was probably having a heart attack - quite a thing to encounter just getting on the highway from an entrance ramp! The minivan wasn’t hit and apparently continued on its way. There were multiple 911 calls made so possibly one was from the minivan driver.

SO | December 27, 2018

@Jesus (keif) - don’t you have anything better to do?

SO | December 27, 2018

@Jesus - besides, the OP already discredited your obvious pathetic agenda in his first post.

“The other vehicle came to a stop up the highway about 100 yards. The driver, a 19 year old, hopped the highway barrier and ran. He was caught, arrested, and charged with DUI, reckless driving and multiple other offenses. ”

rxlawdude | December 27, 2018

I don't like to say this, but F "jesus" and his bogus posts. Flagged and twit filtered.