Tesla has promised to expedite repairs to the damages at no cost to the driver

Sometimes, heroism comes in the strangest of circumstances, and people who don’t consider themselves built in the mold of a Superman find themselves acting like one. Case in point: the 41-year old driver of a Tesla Model S who is hailed as a hero for intentionally causing damage to his pricey electric sedan, all in the name of saving the life of a total stranger.

According to German news outlet Muncher Merkur, the driver, named Manfred Kick, was on the German Autobahn when he chanced upon a Volkswagen Passat that was being driven erratically by its driver. The Passat even slammed into the guardrail a number of times. Curious to see what was going on, Kick pulled up alongside the Volkswagen only to notice that its driver was unconsciousness. From there, Kick sprung to action, accelerating his Model S and pulling in front of the Passat before slowly braking his car, making sure that the Passat could rest up against the rear bumper of his Model S until both cars came to a stop.

From there, Kick rushed to the Passat, climbed through the passenger door, and proceeded to give him first aid. It was then that another party hurried to the scene and called for emergency help. Once the fire department arrived on the scene, it determined that the unnamed driver of the Passat could have suffered a stroke while driving the car, rendering him unconscious.

But thanks to Kick’s quick thinking, the 47-year old Passat owner was taken to the hospital where, according to Muncher Merkur, he is now in stable condition.

Ironically enough, the police informed Kick that a preliminary investigation was opened against him as part of “procedure.” That said, it is unlikely that the Model S owner would be prosecuted as the local police department is considering giving him an award for his actions that ended with him saving a stranger’s life.

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A Happy Ending for Everyone

Sometimes, you just have to thank your lucky stars that in your time of need, when you are helpless to do anything about it, somebody’s there to help you out.

That’s what was running through my head when I heard and read about this dramatic ordeal. I can’t even begin to imagine being in that position where to make a split-second decision knowing in the back of your head that you’re going to have to purposely inflict damage on your $70,000 car to save someone’s life. I know that the choice is simple from afar, but try having to make that decision while driving on the German autobahn and seeing someone slumped over his seat in the other car, unconscious and presumably minutes away from actually dying.

Fortunately, the story has a happy ending for all parties concerned. The unconscious driver appears to be on the mend and Manfred Kick is reportedly going to be honored for his heroic act. Make no mistake about it, the man is a hero in every sense of the word. Not only did he help save a stranger’s life, but he might have also indirectly prevented a worse episode if the Passat continued to drive aimlessly on the Autobahn and caused worse damage than it already did.

As for the damaged Model S, it’s getting rewarded in its own way too since Tesla CEO Elon Musk heard about the story and has promised Kick that in recognition of his heroic act, the repairs will not only be expedited, but it will also come completely free of any charges.

Like I said, the whole episode has a happy ending for everyone and more importantly, it sets a clear-cut example of bravery and heroism that we should all look at and take inspired from.

Read our full review on the 2017 Tesla Model S here.

Source: Muncher Merkur

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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