Man Whose Car Was Hit By Flying Tesla Wants Driver To Own Up To Mistake
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The man whose car was hit by a speeding Tesla that flew 50-feet into the air has said he wants the driver to own up to the mistake.
YouTuber Alex Choi filmed the incident, which he shared in a video on Sunday (March 20), showing an unknown driver performing the stunt with a rented black S-BLM Tesla on Baxter Street in LA.
But it went badly wrong, and saw the vehicle smashing down and hitting several bins and a couple of parked cars, one of which was a Subaru Forester belonging to Jordan Hook.
The musician has since spoken to TMZ, telling them that the viral stunt has impacted everyone on his street.
“The person that wrecked my car, I hesitate to tell them what their consequences need to be but I will say the first step is just manning up to the mess you created,” he said.
“Show up, talk to the people whose streets you trashed who are now scared to park on their street because they think cars are going to jump into them.
“Last night our street was clear, all the neighbours moved all their cars. Come talk to me, look at the damage.
“In one of the YouTube videos, he comes back ‘30 minutes’ later - it was really like three hours later, after the cops left, after the tow truck left, after the neighbours left.
“Then he comes back to walk down our street to be like, ‘Oh it’s no big deal, smushed trashcan and a little scratch on the back of his car'.”
Hook went on to clarify that the person he’s referring to wasn’t the driver, but the vlogger ‘who facilitated’ the incident.
While he’s fine with those involved pulling stunts needed for ‘clout’ and ‘money’, Hook said, “But own up and clean up, you know. Come take care of the mess that you’re making in our neighbourhood.”
The musician’s neighbours have since set up a GoFundMe page to repair the damages to Hook’s car, which he fears may not be covered by insurance since the driver is yet to be identified.
On the crowdfunding page - which has raised over $15,000 of its $20,000 so far, $2000 of which came from Choi - the organisers said that while they know who ‘facilitated this mess’, the police ‘won’t pursue it because it’s just property damage and not a felony’.
Hook continued: “Although this guy claims in his video that my car didn't sustain major damage, this isn't true.
“The back is only banged up on the bumper. But my wheels were turned in towards the curb, and when the Tesla hit my car it jumped the curb, wrenching the wheels under and twisting them up so that it is now un-driveable.
“I just put almost $5,000 into this car getting a new motor put in last month which kind of wiped out my savings.
“Luckily my neighbours Johnny and Cliff suggested that we rally Baxer Street and make a Go-Fund Me as a way to support me and show everyone that jumping a car (with a cat inside) on a neighbourhood street in the middle of the night just for likes and followers is NOT COOL.”
A very dangerous stunt. See below for details and if you have any information please contact Central Traffic Division. @LAPPL @LabradaAl @LAPDCTD24 @LAPDHQ @LapdTrfg pic.twitter.com/JQJdKjrqdc— AlMendoza (@LAPDCaptMendoza) March 20, 2022
Despite being the victim in all of this, Hook told TMZ that he’s been getting attacked by people online, with some criticising the GoFundMe page.
“People have really been hearing tidbits and making up their mind about who I am and what I’m doing and just piling on, so I finally just had to put it [the internet] down for a minute,” he explained.
The driver behind the Tesla wheel remains missing, although the Los Angeles Police Department are now offering a $1,000 (£760) reward for information that leads to his arrest.