Man survives a car crash just before his wedding night, credits Tesla Model X and Elon Musk

May 15, 2017 | by Iqtidar Ali

John Tran survived a devastating car crash while moving out of the parking lot in his rented Tesla Model X in a hit an run case.

According to him a police chase was on full heat as cops in cars and helicopter were chasing a stolen car when he got hit on his driver side. John thinks the speed of the oncoming vehicle collided would be around 65 mph at least.

This just happened on his wedding night but He survived the crash with minimal injuries and is now happily married and gives the credit to the safety level of the Tesla cars and gives thanks to Elon Musk for creating the safest cars on the planet. John is so impressed He now wants to buy a Model X for himself.

Last year we saw another life saved in a crash in Estonia where a Tesla Model S collided with a MAZ crane truck.

John shared his story along with an after crash picture on his Instagram, the crash situation in his own words;

I’ll try to make this short. On 5/5 the night before my wedding to my amazing wife @nancy_deee . I was involved in a hit and run accident. I was leaving our family rehearsal dinner at a local mall in San Jose. I rented a #teslamodelx for as our wedding vehicle. Nancy and I had separate cars because we were parting ways from there. She was going to the hotel to be with her bridesmaids and I was going to wrap up loose ends with a couple of groomsmen @alexnguyen.45 and dalton. We heard and saw sirens from the mall security but really didn’t think was up, it stopped and it was quiet. As I was pulling out of the parking stall and onto the mall loop street, I began to make my left turn to get on to the road. Just as I’m completing my turn a stolen silver car that was running away from police and helicopters going at least 65mph, plows directly into my driver side door and immediately send me 20-30 ft away from my original spot. All airbags deploy and I’m seeing nothing but smoke in the cabin. At this point, I try to open the door by hand, but it’s stuck, and my right hand is swollen like a pillow. I try again by kicking my way out and am able to free myself. I get out and I see the drivers book it, and quickly followed by cops. Soon after an amazing mother and daughter who saw the whole thing happen came to help me and woke me up. Randomly friends who just happened to be in the lot saw me laying on the ground and assisted me up from my daze. Eventually they catch 1 of the 2 runners and I’m left with a busted wedding car sore hand, ankle, and ego. I thought to myself, why this night. The night before my very own wedding, and how am I alive right now. I get driven to the ER and was quickly seen by the nurses and checked out to be ultimately, unharmed. I just want to thank @elonmusk @teslamotors @tesla_modelx #tesla #teslamodelx #elonmusk for building an amazing life saving machine. The @sjpdofficial and @sanjosefirefighters said I am so lucky to be alive being hit at that speed. My God the one and only #jesus #john316 could make that happen. I am standing and married today because #jesuschrist allowed me to be in a #tesla. I am now on my quest to find a model x.

John shared a few more pictures of the crash via TMC. Click to zoom-in, download & share !

Model X Safety Highlights

While introducing Model X on their website, Tesla’s first word is “safest” and it is proved time to time that occupant safety is the utmost priority for the automaker. This is how they introduce the SUV;

Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. With all-wheel drive and a 100 kWh battery providing 475 kilometers of range, Model X has ample seating for seven adults and all of their gear. And it’s ludicrously fast, accelerating from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in as quick as 3.1 seconds.
Model X is the SUV uncompromised.

The following info-graphic by Tesla also describes the safety features of the Model X. Specially the battery support structure in a Model X provides excellent safety for side impact as we saw in the above accident.

Also the active safety features such as automatic emergency braking and collision avoidance have already started to roll out in over-the-air updates for all Tesla vehicles (see picture below or refer to Model X page at for updated features)

Model X Safety Features Infograhic
Model X Safety Features Infograhic - Credit: Tesla Inc.
Iqtidar Ali
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Iqtidar Ali is a long time web developer and now writing for his childhood passion 'cars' further boosted by the advent of electric vehicles especially Tesla.

  • Peter Gold
    Posted at 02:13h, 30 May Reply

    I would have liked to have all these Tesla vehicles have my Vehicle Door Accident Avoidance Systems applied on both the vehicle assembly line and for all those vehicles now on the road being made available for installation at various Tesla vehicle dealerships. Seeing opened vehicle doors at night on all vehicles must be a priority in reducing the needless loss of life now occurring. Peter Gold, CEO, Inview Vehicle Trim Corp.

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