A video recently posted to the Reddit “Idiots in Cars” board shows a Cadillac CTS making a failed attempt to drift and instead smacking a Tesla Model Y, inflicting some damage to the electric vehicle in the process.
As the video shows, the Cadillac CTS then vacates the area quickly in an attempt to avoid the consequences of its ill-advised drifting effort, turning the incident into a hit-and-run.
Turning the corner onto a sunny street under overhanging trees while another vehicle drives past in the background, the Cadillac CTS fishtails briefly down the street before the driver loses control and slides violently into the apparently parked Tesla Model Y. The front left corner and driver’s side headlight of the CTS impact the Model Y’s rear door and the Cadillac bounces off.
Still propelled by uncontrolled momentum, the Cadillac CTS slides backward at an angle past the Tesla’s front end. The driver-side tires skip over the nearby corner of a curb. The vehicle finally sheds enough momentum to come to a momentary stop. The driver-side headlight is visibly smashed.
The driver recovers after a moment and drives off, giving a momentary glimpse of a face that appears to be that of a dark-haired young male. Finally, the camera zooms in on a large, ragged hole smashed in the outer door panel of the Tesla.
According to the original poster of the video, the accident took place in San Jose, California. Internet sleuths posted the vehicle’s license plate number, which matched up to the registration of a 2008 Cadillac CTS from the Golden State. Commentary did not indicate whether or not the vehicle was stolen or “borrowed” at the time of the accident.
If the registration information is correct, the 2008 Cadillac CTS is from the vehicle’s second generation, which ran from the 2008 to 2015 model year. The CTS involved in the collision with the Tesla Model Y is a sedan, one of the three configurations available for the second generation alongside the coupe and wagon body styles.
You can view the original video here:
The Cadillac CTS lasted into a third generation, but was axed from The General’s lineup early in 2019 along with the Cadillac ATS. Consumer enthusiasm for SUVs and crossovers and corresponding disinterest in sedans prompted GM to drop 10 sedan models from its lineup during a five-year period, keeping only three active sedan nameplates in the American market.