Elon Musk Congratulates And Rewards Heroic Tesla Model S Driver

Feb 17, 2017 07:20 AM EST | JP Olvido

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, Inc., is rewarding a Model S vehicle owner for his heroic actions. It was reported that the driver used his Model S vehicle to stop another vehicle that was swerving uncontrollably on Germany's Autobahn.

CEO congratulates and rewards heroic Model S vehicle owner. After hearing about the heroic act of one driver, Musk took to twitter on Wednesday and tweeted, "Congrats to the Tesla owner who sacrificed damage to his own car to bring a car with an unconscious driver safely to a stop!" He further tweeted that the company will be paying for the damage his car sustained from the incident.

It all began when Model S driver Manfred Kick saw a Volkswagen Passat moving erratically and slamming against a guardrail on the Autobahn, Germany's federal controlled-access highway. The 41-year old Kick could see that the driver of the out-of-control vehicle, which was ahead of him, was unconscious and slumped over the steering wheel.

Kick immediately took to calling the police to report what was happening. He later realized that he couldn't afford to wait for them to respond and so pulled directly in front of the Passat to help bring it to a stop.

Once in front, he slowly stepped on the brakes until he heard loud a thud which was the other car hitting his bumper and eased the car to a halt. Kick didn't stop at that point. He immediately sprinted from his car towards the unconscious driver and stayed with him until medical emergency responders arrived. The local fire department, which was among the many responders, was quoted as saying that Kick "showed incredible courage."

This story was initially reported by Muenchner Merkur which spread virally online. It eventually reached Musk in particular who then congratulated the hero and promised to shoulder the costs to repair the damage the Model S incurred from the incident.

© 2017 Auto World News, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Get the Most Popular Autoworld Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

Join the Conversation

Real Time Analytics