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Being a Gamer Saved His Life When a CAR Crashed Through His Apartment

Ben Rose was kicking back and playing a little Fallout 4 last Sunday when a car crashed through the wall of his home and into his living room.  Rose is convinced that he survived the accident because he’s a gamer.  “You play in a wasteland and then your apartment turns into a wasteland,” he said.  But it’s no joke; Rose probably really did only survive because he was gaming.

How so?  When that Hyundai Sonata careened into his living room, it struck him, slicing his Achilles tendon and fracturing his vertebra.  As you might imagine, Rose was pretty shocked.

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Cars versus people don’t really end up well.  So I really thought it was over.

Many people are equally shocked to hear how the accident happened.

Everybody asks were you walking in your parking lot?  Or were you in your car?  What do you mean she drove through your apartment?

Rose believes that if he hadn’t been sitting in his specialized gaming chair, which happens to include a rolling motion, he wouldn’t be alive.

The chair is what saved me, without a doubt.  That took the impact.  It pushed me out of the way.  It kept me from going under the car.

What the heck happened anyway?  Just how does someone drive into a living room?  According to police in Irving, where the accident occurred, the driver probably intended to hit the brakes while pulling out of a parking space.  Instead, she hit the accelerator—quite hard apparently.

Now here’s the crazy part.  The driver was uninsured, which means Rose has to pay for all the damages.  On top of that, no charges are being filed.  As you can imagine, the damages are extensive and the costs are going to be ridiculous, both to repair the home and to repair Rose himself.

Ben Rose’s apartment after a car crashed through while he was playing Fallout 4. (Jeff Paul – CBS11)
Ben Rose’s apartment after a car crashed through while he was playing Fallout 4. (Jeff Paul – CBS11)

If you want to help out, you can!  Rose has a fundraising campaign you can donate to here.  Earlier in the month, Rose commented, “That’s almost two-months salary for me that people have raised.  That’s a lot.  That’s a lot when you’re living paycheck to paycheck.”  Since then, Rose’s campaign has raised even more.  Rose is now looking toward the future.

I can’t take back what she’s done or what happened.  But I’m still not in the hospital.  I’m lucky it’s not worse.  That’s all I’m going on.

Rose is lucky it’s not worse—and lucky he happened to be an avid gamer, and that at the time of the accident, he was sitting in his gaming chair.  That’s all I have to say to the next person who says that sitting around gaming is bad for your health—sometimes it can literally save your life!