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Carlos Santana

Car Totaled in Vegas Crash

Asleep at Wheel

9/18/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Carlos Santana
's Vegas "fender bender" wasn't a fender bender at all -- the famed guitarist straight up TOTALED his Fisker Karma so bad, it had to be towed away ... all because Carlos was catching a few zzzz's behind the wheel.

Media reports initially downplayed Friday's crash, calling it a "minor accident"  -- but we've obtained a photo that screams otherwise.

As you can see, the front bumper was destroyed during the accident, and the air bags were deployed ... pretty much the definition of a serious crash.

Law enforcement sources tell us, 66-year-old Carlos told them he had fallen asleep at the wheel before the accident ... which is why he lost control.  It makes sense, because there were no skid marks.

Contrary to initial reports that Carlos struck one parked car -- we're told the guitarist actually hit TWO before his car came to a halt.

Luckily, no one was injured, including Carlos.

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Clytemnestra     

Hardly qualifies as not noteworthy. What kinds of accidents do Vegas police consider worth noting? Seriously, lucky for air bags...you gotta be going pretty fast to cause that much damage.

219 days ago
2.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

Now that it's been uncovered that the police were protecting Carlos, it calls into question whether they let him skate on a DUI charge as well. Was he even tested or not? This is total bullsh*t.

219 days ago
3.

JuanRambo    

He's old... He shouldn't be driving if he's falling asleep at the wheel...

219 days ago
4.

Mack_D    

And u mean the cops went on his story and did no field sobriety checks??? Let it had been someone from the hood. Arrested before even investigated!!

219 days ago
5.

New Orleans    

Pill freak. Coulda killed somebody!

219 days ago
6.

Mrs Jackson    

Who is he again

219 days ago
7.

jdranetz    

To the police, an accident is minor if no one was injured, and a fire didn't break out, The damage looks so great because of the light weight materials used in cars these days. Ten mph bumpers are no longer required. (I had a 76 Impala that bumpers like a truck) The Fisker Karma is a hybrid. It's construction is very light weight, for speed and fuel economy. Aside from the hood, all that damage is plastic. The hood looks particularly thin. The light build and heavy low slung batteries gives it an exceptional low center of gravity. At a cost, as seen in the photo.

219 days ago
8.

Scout    

TMZ - A car is either totaled or not.

You can't "total a car so bad".

219 days ago
9.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

Please drive carefully, Carlos.

219 days ago
10.

Phishie from Philly    

All he needs is a Earl Scheibs paint job and he's good to go.
..

219 days ago
11.

TheRealDeal    

When are the police gonna learn that downplaying serious car accidents by the rich and famous only leads to tragedy in the future. No wonder Gywneth Paltrow zoomed in front of that school bus like she owned the road. Her bad driving, with her kid on the back, has probably been noticed before by the police who surely let her go with only a warning. Even when celebrities injure or kill someone in a car or motorcycle accident, they usually just get a slap on the wrist. Policemen and the Highway Patrol need to stop being starstruck so the rest of us can be safe on the roads. I'm glad Carlos is okay, and that no one else was injured.

219 days ago
12.

cobrazombie    

Yeah, he autographed his way out of it. It's the celebrity way.

219 days ago
13.

ABB    

That totalled Fisker Karma still looks better than Justine's chrome colored clown one.

219 days ago
14.

laffnbear    

The lesson here:
No matter how much an auto costs there is no compensating for driver error.

219 days ago
15.

Truth    

SUCKS FOR HIM... THE OLDEST TWEEN-AGER IN AMERICA. WHY? CUZ DUDE'S INSURANCE GONNA SKYROCKET HIGHER THAN ANY OF 'EM. DEF. DUI MATERIAL. YALL KNOW SOME SH*T WENT ON WITH BLUNTS AND COKE. #TRUTH!!

219 days ago
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