DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, a Tesla Model S owner, had a car accident in Beverly Hills on Oct. 19. Little is known about the actual accident, but it was severe enough to break Katzenberg’s wrist, which required a surgery followed by a stay at the hospital.
Apparently the accident could have been much worse because Katzenberg felt the need to thank Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, for his car might have “saved his life. During his first public appearance following the accident on Oct. 23 at GLSEN’s Respect Awards, Katzenberg told The Hollywood Reporter:
“Thank you, Elon Musk — you saved my life. […] I shattered my arm and wrist and destroyed the car. It was pretty bad. It was a big surgery and not fun.”
Following THR’s article, Musk took to Twitter to respond:
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The Model S is known for being an extremely safe car due to its heavy battery pack located at the bottom of the vehicle bringing the center of gravity way down. The lack of engine at the front of the car also creates a large crumple zone in case of a front impact. The vehicle received a 5-star ratings from NHTSA and achieved the lowest probability of injury of any car ever tested by the agency.
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