There are cases of road rage, and there are cases of total attack with obvious intent to harm. Unfortunately for a Tesla Model X owner in Auckland, New Zealand, he got to know the latter. The result was $ 45,000 in damage to the all-electric SUV and a heart-wrenching experience that would likely never be forgotten.
As the share Wham Baam Teslacam On YouTube channel, Tesla Model X owner Geoff Gardiner was driving home from work in Auckland, New Zealand, when he passed a black Mitsubishi Galant. It was a normal maneuver and one that didn’t even involve the Model X smoking the gasoline sedan. As such, Gardiner didn’t think about it. There is nothing remarkable about such passes, after all, and every driver makes such maneuvers every day.
But the Tesla Model X owner was not dealing with a normal driver this time around. The Galant driver followed the Model X for about three miles before overtaking the all-electric SUV. The driver then blocked the Model X’s path, and when the Galant’s door opened, the Tesla owner realized he was in danger. Gardiner knocked down the Model X, pulling away from the Mitsubishi Galant driver as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, traffic was increasing before the Model X, which allowed the Galant to catch up with the Tesla. After following the Model X very closely, Mitsubishi’s driver’s brake checked the Tesla again. Gardiner attempted to run away, but at this point the Galant pilot already appeared to be seeing red. The Mitsubishi driver dodged the Model X, nearly lost control, and blocked the Tesla again. As a result, the Model X and Galant were brought to a standstill.
But the Mitsubishi driver was not finished. He got out of his damaged Galant and knocked on the windows of the Model X. He also blocked the passage of another driver on the road so he could have “witnesses”. Unfortunately for the Mitsubishi driver, police received very clear Teslacam images of the damaged Model X, which proved that the Tesla driver was in no way the abuser.
Thanks to Teslacam footage, the incident was quickly closed. Police noted that they could not have asked for better evidence than the clear images of the Model X. The incident was an open and closed case, although Gardiner’s Model X sustained damage worth. $ 45,000. The vehicle was repaired, but it took over three months for the Tesla owner to get his all-electric SUV back.
Watch the Model X owner’s heartbreaking experience with an enraged Mitsubishi Galant driver in the video below.
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