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Tesla head on collision with a Honda

anticitizen13.7

Not posting at TMC after 9/17/2018
Dec 22, 2012
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Based on the alloy wheels of the Honda, I believe it was a 4th Generation Accord (1990-1993). Depending on what specific model year it belongs to, it may not even have had front airbags. I don't even think this car could provide adequate protection against a collision with a modern Honda Civic, let alone a Model S.

A terrible tragedy, and a sober reminder that all drivers must be familiar with their cars and mindful of the road.:(
 

brianman

Burrito Founder
Nov 10, 2011
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I couldn't access that link without an account, but I was able to view the video from the front page (The Orange County Register : The Orange County Register). The video has some closer shots of the Model S, but only from the back, so the damage is not visible.
21" silver wheels. Not sure if it has a spoiler or not.
TeslaModelSAfterImpactWithHondaAccord.jpg


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Based on the alloy wheels of the Honda, I believe it was a 4th Generation Accord (1990-1993).
In case 1993 was a good guess, others might find this interesting so I figure it's worth sharing:
http://www.autobuyguide.com/1993/12-aut/honda/accord/crash-tests/index.html


Additional note:
The charge port door is open.
 
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v12 to 12v

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Jul 10, 2012
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Let's wait for the facts to come out before jumping to conclusion. Yes, the Model S driver could have been distracted with the touchscreen. But there are dozen other possibilities ranging from mechanical failure to medical emergency to phone distraction to physical impairment to initial misreporting. Let's wait for more info before condemning any one thing.

We may never know what really happened. I had a family member involved in a serious accident like this and the press never did get the facts correct. Not even close.
I found it disturbing every time I read an article or heard anything on the news.

My heart goes out to all. It is tough.
 

vfx

Well-Known Member
Aug 18, 2006
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There's probably 500 to 1000 Model S in Orange County. Tesla will surely want this car for analyses.

Thoughts are with the two killed in the Honda.
 

Doug_G

Lead Moderator
Apr 2, 2010
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We may never know what really happened. I had a family member involved in a serious accident like this and the press never did get the facts correct. Not even close.
I found it disturbing every time I read an article or heard anything on the news.

If you've ever been directly involved in something that ends up in the news, you'll always be astonished just how much they get wrong, and how little they care. All they care about is making their deadline.
 

bonnie

I play a nice person on twitter.
Feb 6, 2011
16,427
9,740
Columbia River Gorge
Years ago I was hit by a car - the driver was confused about which side of the freeway was his. When it ended, his front bumper was on top of my steering wheel. Jaws of life, all that. But the newspaper just used the pic of my mangled car to illustrate the 'snowy roads of Boulder'.

It had nothing to do with road conditions & everything to do with driver error.

(fyi - after that, I never look at the people in an accident as I drive by. I remember every single person staring at me, trapped in the car, while the first responders got me out. Privacy, people!!)
 

shokunin

P85 & M3
Feb 28, 2012
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Irvine, CA
This S was a december delivery. My license plate is about 55 numbers ahead of his/her of the 6WZUxxx batch of plates, has the orange 2013 tags (versus blue 2014). The OCR video zooms in and there's no spoiler.
 
May 17, 2012
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Based on the alloy wheels of the Honda, I believe it was a 4th Generation Accord (1990-1993). Depending on what specific model year it belongs to, it may not even have had front airbags. I don't even think this car could provide adequate protection against a collision with a modern Honda Civic, let alone a Model S.

A terrible tragedy, and a sober reminder that all drivers must be familiar with their cars and mindful of the road.:(

My Accord tuner buddy had this to say "That 92/93 Accord didn't fare too well in the frontal offset." "that wheel choice only came on 9293 Accord EXs"

So, 92/93 Accords.

That old car would have gotten decimated by anything new, not just MS. As well, in any newer high end car they likely would have survived.
 

vetboy45

Member
Feb 14, 2013
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Kent wa
I'm not exactly sure why but this crash really bothers me. I guess I kind of see owners as an exclusive club. I really hope the driver wasn't doing something stupid.
 

Grendal

SpaceX Moderator
Jan 31, 2012
5,812
7,135
Santa Fe, New Mexico
I'm not exactly sure why but this crash really bothers me. I guess I kind of see owners as an exclusive club. I really hope the driver wasn't doing something stupid.

He must have, since he veered into oncoming traffic. It's sad to say but there are idiots everywhere. Though I guarantee he wasn't a TMC member, we're all perfect and make no mistakes. :)
 

Francis Lau

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May 27, 2012
518
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Bellevue, WA
This is sobering news and thread. My heart goes out to all 3 involved; especially the 2 deceased. This really reminds me that even though it is so much fun to speed in the Tesla MS, I need to be more careful.
 

gg_got_a_tesla

Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913
Jan 29, 2010
6,533
769
Redwood Shores, CA
Very sad indeed. :( Touchscreen distraction or not, I hope that excessive speed was not involved.

I think of the lines from Spider-Man whenever I drive the Model S: "With great power comes great responsibility".
 

Yggdrasill

Active Member
Feb 29, 2012
4,107
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Kongsberg, Norway
I had a coworker who drove right off the road at a bend. The cause was that he kept his garage door opener on the sun visor. As he was adjusting the sun visor, the garage door opener fell to the floor, and he stupidly reached for it. Thus he ended up driving right into a lamp post and ending up on the news. (He recovered after a couple of weeks.)

An accident can happen in an instant, for a myriad of reasons, so there's little use speculating. Instead we should wait for more info.

Anyway, my thoughts go out to those involved.
 

MikeK

R#129, TSLA shareholder
Jun 29, 2012
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San Francisco Bay Area
The driver may well have done something stupid. Or s/he may not have. Others have already pointed out that there are a number of possible explanations including medical incapacitation or outside interference, for example.

In my opinion, it's inappropriate to make absolute statements regarding what he or she "must" have done or what "obviously" happened, in the absence of anything other than incomplete news reporting and speculation.

Hopefully we will eventually find out enough about the accident to learn something from it.
 

MikeK

R#129, TSLA shareholder
Jun 29, 2012
1,133
1
San Francisco Bay Area

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