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Carlos Santana

Car Totaled in Vegas Crash

Asleep at Wheel

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

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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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

That's not even totaled. That's mostly cosmetic and the reason whey the airbags deployed is because the sensors are probably near the fender headlights. The damage is probably less than 15k tops and another 5k just for the paintjob alone. And because it's a Fisker they'll probably rip you off on the repairs.

366 days ago


Newer vehicles with ABS won't leave skid marks...........

366 days ago


Clearly, an expensive but sturdy car. Good that everyone was ok.

366 days ago


The double standard at work once again.

366 days ago


So glad Carlos, nor anyone else, was injured. Cars can be replaced .. lives another matter. No reason to doubt that Carlos fell asleep. He is an outstanding person and a great role model for millions who love his music. I've never heard anything negative about his character or any scandals he's been involved with in over 4 decades in the spotlight. Nuff said.. God Bless you Carlos. Hope all is well.

366 days ago


Good. One less annoying Fisker.

366 days ago

Peter Gozinya    

Get a grip, it only takes 15 MPH to deploy the air bags and cars are made of tin and plastic these days not steel like the good old days. This was not a major accident.

366 days ago


Fiskar is the car company that Obama dumped a whole lof of tax payer money into the toilet on. The community oragnizer thinks he knows how to invest.

366 days ago

Walrus join    

It'll buff right out.

366 days ago


But didn't the Las Vegas Celebrity Police Department say it was just a scratch... not even worth worth calling an incident?. Why would I believe a picture over a corrupt police department in an unprincipled, city?

366 days ago

Adalberto Garza    

"Asleep at the Wheel", didn't know Carlos was doing country these days.

366 days ago

Amber Olson     

If it was someone else other than a celebrity we would be in jail. I think celebrities get off way too easy on things like this. What if he killed someone? But it doesn't matter when it comes to celebrity's they tend to leave out the most important part like he was prob, drunk or in some kind of drug. They get a slap on the wrist over and over again. Not cool at all. The media down played the accident, well of course they did they do it all the time with celebrities like its no big deal.

366 days ago


Its a karma . Piece of **** already out of business probably did it to get some insurance money for something decent

366 days ago

Barry Soetoro    

An Obama stimulus car.

366 days ago

en Todo Momento!!    

that car is a piece of junk anyways. may as well drive it as it. chit fisker karma. dumb-people-mobile, almost worse than the prius.

366 days ago
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