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.
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Again, thanks Tesla for making not only the world's coolest car but the world's safest as well.
Merry Christmas to all!