Tesla Model S Makes Entry Into Bank By Crashing Through Brick Wall


Image Via Dr. Staten Medsker, Jr.

Image Via Dr. Staten Medsker, Jr.

US Bank meet Tesla Model S.

The Model S wins in this collision, as it easily gain entry into the bank by crashing through the brick wall.

Here’s how Komo News reports on this unlikely incident:

“Nobody was injured Sunday morning when a US Bank customer accidentally crashed their Tesla into an Issaquah bank.”

“The Tesla driver, who has not been identified, was trying to use an ATM at the US Bank on Gillman Road at about 9 a.m. when something went wrong and the car jumped the curb and crashed through a brick wall, according to Marty Martin with the Issaquah Police Department.”

This is at least the third time we’ve heard of a Model S smashing into a building.  7 months ago, a Model S drove inside a sushi restaurant after knocking down its exterior wall.  2 years ago, a Model S made entry into Lure Fish House after busting down its outside wall.

To the best of our knowledge, none of the incidents were the fault of the car.

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64 responses to "Tesla Model S Makes Entry Into Bank By Crashing Through Brick Wall"
  1. David Murray says:

    Hmmm “Something went wrong” could it be the driver went wrong?

    1. Steven says:

      Perhaps the “pedal placement” issue again.

  2. Forever Green says:

    That’s insane! 🙂

    1. Miggy says:

      Tesla brakes the Bank.

  3. Forever Green says:

    It is clear, they needed money to make a car payment. 🙂

    1. Dave86 says:

      Nice work. My thoughts exactly.

  4. Cavaron says:

    Wait, wait, wait… Musk did give a warranty against bricking a Model S, right? 🙂

    Ok, not that kind of bricking.

    1. Joshua Burstyn says:


  5. ELROY says:

    I guess no collision avoidance system on this one!

  6. kdawg says:

    Need crash avoidance software pronto. The car should not let you do this.

    1. Sven says:

      KITT being the exception.

    2. Anon says:

      I agree. With that fortified platform of extruded aluminum beams and cross bracing, plus the amazing torque of the electric motor(s) — it’s a tank in the wrong hands.

      Collision avoidance is a good thing, probably of higher priority than an EV Pedestrian Alert.

      Kinda surprised that more Police Forces aren’t using these for their cruisers. You’d want to make sure the battery pack was bullet proof though…

      1. Model S has much less power above 60 mph. All its torque and speed are only in low speeds, 0-30 mph. How is the police going to do the high speed chases (over 100 mph)?

        1. Joshua Burstyn says:

          The police “is” not supposed to “do” high speed chases. They should coordinate with another cruiser up ahead and avoid injuring themselves, innocent bystanders or damaging property.

        2. Steven says:

          F=MA has been standardized for quite some time now, how are you defining “power”?

    3. Tesla Fan says:

      The car didnt not let him do this. The guy did it himself by stepping on the accelerator, clearly.

      1. Steven says:

        The correct pedal wasn’t where he expected it to be?

  7. MM says:

    Tesla could consider more feedback for the driver. One possibility could be that the driver thought they were in park but actually in drive. Though if wouldn’t make sense to hit the gas pedal. People make all sorts of driving errors. It needs to be super obvious for lesser attentive or skilled drivers. They are dealing with such a powerful car – one cannot be ho hum and passive with this much power at your hands and feet.

  8. Jouni Valkonen says:

    This kind of accidents are good remainders how primitive Tesla’s technology is. Any German luxury car would just prevent this kind of driver error, because there is advanced collision avoidanse systems in place.

    Now however Tesla is catching up because new Teslas does have collion detecting hardware installed. Not sure if software is already ready.

    1. Jouni Valkonen says:

      of course I first read the headline: Tesla Model S makes bank Cashing through brick wall!

    2. Brian Henderson says:

      Given the Signature Red color, this is likely a 2012 Model S. The autopilot and anti-collision sensors were not included as standard by Tesla until Sept 2014 onward.

      Reportedly the Model S limits acceleration if pressing both the accelerator and break petals at the same time. Expect this is a case of pressing the accelerator hard in a panic thinking it was the break petal. This type of mistake is not new, nor isolated.

      PS: There are many early German vehicles operating that were built prior to ant-collision technology.

      1. Tim F. says:

        This is Multi-Coat Red, not Signature Red, so it’s at least from mid-2013. Still, I can’t make out any parking sensors where I would expect them to be, so the car likely was not equipped with any forward-looking sensors. It is something that should definitely be included with cars going forward, as flooring the accelerator instead of the brake is completely inexcusable.

      2. Tesla Fan says:

        1. Not a Signature, its multi coat red, and a 85

        2. The car does not have parking sensors as seen by the picture.

        3. Even so its still the drivers fault for accidentally stepping on the pedal, not the cars fault

  9. IDK says:

    Hmmm…maybe one of those older adults that got confused between the break pedal and the accelerator pedal? Just maybe. Autonomous cars can’t come fast enough.

    1. sven says:

      Are you saying that a younger adult can’t get confused between the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal? Don’t jump to conclusions.

      1. IDK says:

        I am one of those older adults.

        1. sven says:

          You must be confused. You didn’t answer my question.

          1. IDK says:

            Don’t worry you’ll be there someday.

            1. sven says:

              You still didn’t answer my question.

  10. ffbj says:

    I predicted there wwould be more incedents of this type. Surprisingly not as many as I thought. I was merely relying on my own assessment of a statistical approach to peoples driving skills. Bottom line: something went wrong? Yes, the person driving this vehicle was issued a drivers license.

    1. Really? says:

      Hey … let he without sin cast the first stone. None of us are perfect. I do hope Tesla (and all automakers) can prevent this kind of obvious error. I’m not a big fan of nanny technology, but imagine if there had been a person squished in that accident? The Model S is safe for the occupants, but like any large, heavy, or powerful vehicle (the MS is all three!), it is less safe for the other objects unfortunate enough to meet it in a collision.

  11. JR says:

    I wonder if Tesla has an electronic log that they can extract from the car, it could be interesting to see what happened the last 3 seconds

    1. Tim says:

      All cars have that. It’s federally mandated.

    1. Chris O says:

      Clearly David Nolan’s clever anti Tesla FUD campaign is really working.

      I wonder who that guy really is….

    2. That’s terrible! This issue is known since early 2014, and no action taken yet? Elon saying “no recalls” is blasphemy. LA times is right; the car can do no wrong. Any problem found by owners is just FUD.

      1. Mister G says:

        LOL..ICE vehicle emissions will kill you but I don’t see you sounding the alarm.

        1. Steven says:

          Remember, See Through is in the employ of Big Oil, so s/he plays by different rules.

      2. Tesla Fan says:

        what issue? having instant power? thats not an issue, thats a feature

        the issue is the driver stepping on the pedal accidentally

        why would you even step on the pedal if you are in park though

        1. Please read the David Nolan article linked above. He is an early Tesla adopter too.

          1. Warren says:

            Save your breath. There are people for whom Elon Musk, and Tesla are a religion.

            1. Jouni Valkonen says:

              no, Neither Tesla nor Elon are religions. Elon just happens to be the first living trillionaire around in 2020’s.

              All this is because traditional investors are tech-ignorant fools who did not realize that _all_ transportation will be electric and all electricity generated for that transportation will be solar power. And if that is not enough, then space launch business was trivial to revolutionize, because innovation there had been essentially zero since the days of Apollo 17.

              1. Jouni Valkonen says:

                This is the reason why all people who can claim that they are millionaires, should first read about 500 science fiction books before they are worthy enough to have networth more than few million dollars.

            2. Mister G says:

              I don’t worship Elon Musk but I do admire him his vision and actions. 150 years from now Elon will be as important as Thomas Edison.

            3. Smeghead says:

              Aww, See Through has invited a friend to the site.

              1. Steven says:

                See Through has friends?

                I thought s/he was just posting under a different name.

          2. Steven says:

            So, how many Tesla owners have not crashed?

            Based upon simple extrapolation, it’s pilot error.

    3. Jeff D says:

      I have done the same thing in my Hyundai Santa Fe when I was wearing boots. I don’t see people running around posting articles about the Santa Fe being poorly designed. I am not blaming my vehicle for having big feet or big boots. I am sure there are plenty of ICE vehicles where the same would happen. The fact that now someone brings up this issue because it is in an electric car seems disingenuous.

      1. Lensman says:

        Yes, I’ve seen EV bashers (like “See Through”) claim that the pedal placement in the Model S is an unsafe design, despite the fact that it’s a typical distance used in gas guzzlers. And the brake system is a perfectly normal system from a well-respected company (Brembo) that supplies brakes for many gas guzzler models, too.

        But of course, EV bashers aren’t interested in facts or reality.

        1. Steven says:

          They’ve already formed their opinions, don’t confuse them with facts.

    4. Lensman says:

      “Bad design”???

      When I was 16 or so, I was sitting behind the wheel of our family’s Plymouth Fury III in the parking lot of a grocery store, waiting for someone to run in and get a carton of milk. As I was waiting, I leaned forward to look in the rear-view mirror, and my foot came down on the accelerator. The car surged forward a foot or so, running into the wall of the grocery store, also damaging the fender and twin headlights.

      You know, it never occurred to me to blame Plymouth for a “bad design”. If I had properly put the car in “Park”, instead of sitting there idling with my foot on the brake, the accident wouldn’t have happened.

      And if that driver had put the Model S into park while sitting at the ATM, as she should have, then the accident wouldn’t have happened.

      1. QCO says:

        Yes, it’s the drivers fault and could happen in any car.

        But the massive launch torque of the Tesla makes the consequences of accidental acceleration much more serious than in the case of your Dad’s Fury III.

        Therefore it is a very prudent safety feature to have collision avoidance technology as a mandatory capability.

  12. Foo says:

    Model S, preferred by 4 out of 5 bank robbers.

    1. Xtra space under the hood to hide the loot 🙂 Police will never ask to open that!

      1. Steven says:

        Congratulations, that was a actually funny.

  13. Mister G says:

    No news here, how many ICE vehicles have crashed into buildings? This is a smear job by ICE industry.

    1. sven says:

      You actually think this is a smear job by the ICE industry? Please take off your tin-foil hat and regale us with some of your other wacky conspiracy theories.

      1. Mister G says:

        No conspiracy theories here, ICE manufacturers do not embrace Tesla and neither do ICE dealerships. That was my point.

        1. sven says:

          Yet you’re saying the ICE manufacturers and ICE dealers somehow control the Komo News and other local media outlets and force them report whenever an EV crashes into a building as a news story, but that they wouldn’t otherwise report it if it were an ICE vehicle that crashed into the building? I believe that if an ICE car crashed through a brick wall at that bank, the Komo New and other local news media would report on it as a news story.

          “. . . ICE manufacturers do not embrace Tesla and neither do ICE dealerships.”

          Let me get this straight. You expect ICE manufacturers and ICE dealers to EMBRACE Tesla, a competitor? ICE manufacturers don’t even embrace other ICE manufacturers, because they’re competitors; just as ICE dealers don’t embrace other ICE dealers, because they are competitors.

  14. Tesla Fan says:

    the car is a tank

  15. Jeff D says:

    It’s an unfortunate crash, but if I were to crash through a brick wall, I hope my vehicle would be in as good condition as this one appears to be.

  16. Elroy says:

    Did the airbags even deploy?

  17. None says:

    I think he was upset that this bank didn’t have a supercharger in the parking lot.

    “I’ll show them”….

    The bank is now considering drive-through charging.