Automotive enthusiasts know the name, face, voice and stories of Jessi Lang well. And if they don't, they should. The longtime Motor Trend video presenter and host of The J-Turn is a regular fixture on the automotive scene, and one of our favorite to watch. But a year ago, Jessi vanished from the scene. And we're sad to say she hasn't been kicking back enjoying umbrella drinks on the beach all this while.

A year ago Lang went on a pilgrimage to Germany, driving a Porsche 911 GT3 on the Nürburgring and an Audi R8 modified by Abt on the Autobahn when the unthinkable happened. A car swerved out of its lane and into Jessi's path. A catastrophic collision ensued, and Lang was seriously injured.

Jessi's been recovering from the multiple fractures and life-threatening lacerations ever since, and in her first appearance back on the net, has returned to tell her harrowing but courageous story. We wish her all the best on her long road to recovery, hope to see her back to her old self again soon, and invite you to watch the heart-rending story here.


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      dohc73
      • 4 Months Ago
      Wow, this sucks, I didn't even know this happened to her. I hope she gets back to to where she left off soon! Best wishes Jessi!
      enderstc
      • 4 Months Ago
      Wow, people are really jerks on here. Anyways, I always enjoyed her videos and thought she was a great host. To the idiot who says she has zero credentials - who cares? What kind of credentials are required to enjoy cars? Also, when you're working at a car mag I would assume you're getting plenty of time (certainly a lot more than the stupid commenters on here) in high-powered cars in all sorts of places. I can't imagine going through what she's gone through. I think one of the top two fears in my entire life would be the thought of losing the ability to drive a car. I'm glad she's getting better and wish her all the best.
      Jarda
      • 4 Months Ago
      Am I the only one who kinda expected her to say thanks to the doctors? :)
        Bruce Lee
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Jarda

        Sounds like she hated the healing experience, unfortunately people aren't always very thankful or grateful to their physicians.

          rsholland
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Bruce Lee

          What does one have to do with the other?

          Her recovery included an incredible amount of pain and suffering. That has zero to do with being thankful to the doctors and nurses who helped her through this ordeal.

      Fazzster
      • 4 Months Ago
      Not only did German engineering save her life but German medicine too.
        mybora99
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Fazzster
        That'd be a great shout out if a German didn't cause the accident to begin with.
          Lachmund
          • 4 Months Ago
          @mybora99

          Who said it wasn't her going uncontrollably fast?!

        Jarda
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Fazzster
        Would be kinda appropriste to give shout out to the doctors in the video... Not suggesting she's bad person, it is just missing somehow from the video.
          DooMMasteR
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Jarda
          yepp the Germans basically put everything right back where it belongs, I also wondered, that there was no real thank you section :-/ it seemed though as if everything went pretty traigt to the book with her rescue and treatmen
        FuelToTheFire
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Fazzster

        Yeah, that's why Europeans come HERE for treatment, because their medicine is SOOO amazing.

          Lachmund
          • 4 Months Ago
          @FuelToTheFire

          You really do have no idea about the world, do you?! Sad kid.

        Augie Duesenburg
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Fazzster
        wow because the medicine in Europe is different...Putz
      John Smith
      • 4 Months Ago

      - "recommended" max speed was 130kph

      - it was not "autobahn" but B2 (2+2 lane "street"), 49.323504, 11.082756. See Google

      - other car was an Audi A5 Cabriolet

      - the speed delta was high. The other car was projected almost 200m away from the impact location

      - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t79RH_QVPRM, at 0:35. Actually, she hit the guy almost full behind, not sideways as she claims in the video


      My 2 cents:

      - even if no "speed limit" (aka "derestricted Autobahn"), the "RECOMENDED" speed limit is 130kph. If you have an accident while driving at a higher speed than 130kph you are also guilty (how much, that will the judge decide)

      - it was not an Autobahn. Why the high speed dash!?! She does not say, but I figure she was above 250kph, judging how far the other cars was projected

      - I drive a lot on the Autobahn, and when possible, above 250kph. BUT, if I see traffic ahead, especially on the 2 lane only Autobahn, I am VERY careful and will reduce speed under 200kph AT LEAST. You never know how good at "guessing" speed and distance the other driver/s is/are. I can not tell you how many times I had to brake really hard when someone who just entered the highway thought it would be a nice move if he would try to overtake the truck in front of him. Something like doing 100kph and swerving in front of you, in the fast lane. On Autobahn. You have to be prepared for these "drivers"


      Sorry, but she is also "guilty" for this crash. 30-40%, who knows. I am really curios to see what the authorities and the courthouse have decided.

      Also, this is why I AM NOT THAT HAPPY to see foreigners driving high powered cars on the german highways, going well above 200kph. They have no "feel" for the distance/speed at this increased speed and also, NO EXPERIENCE in dealing with drivers that will cut in at any time.


        Jason
        • 4 Months Ago
        @John Smith

        Nevermind prior remark as the link worked correctly from my PC. I agree with your posts and think you've made some fair points. As someone who has driven a lot on German highways I would never drive over 130 on that stretch of B roads out of fear for the very thing that happened. I'm surprised it's legal if it is in fact. That said I enjoy Jessi's work and hope the best for her and the others involved.

        Jason
        • 4 Months Ago
        @John Smith

        This linked video you reference is of a US Bullrun crash... Don't see the connection? Otherwise you make some reasonable points and share some good insight.

      Narom
      • 4 Months Ago
      Interesting story, never heard of her before this.
      Autoblogist
      • 4 Months Ago
      So, what happened the other guy she was driving with? How bad were his injuries?
        DooMMasteR
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Autoblogist
        Bjoern, the one with her in the car was released from hospital very shortly after the accident and is fine again. The other driver was badly injured but also recovered from the wounds.
          Matt Mossberg
          • 4 Months Ago
          @DooMMasteR

          Thank you! I was really expecting that she would, or the video would tell us what happened to the other drivers because I didn't know if they died or what. 

      bleexeo
      • 4 Months Ago
      Aha, so that's why she's been MIA at MT. Was wondering what happened to her.
      gasaraki88
      • 4 Months Ago
      No way... I always wondered where she went.
      Kevin Douglas Berg
      • 4 Months Ago
      Don't know her, I thought she was Jessica Simpson for a second. Maybe she should not be the one test driving. Maybe they should have real race car drivers instead of skinny waif like blondes that look like would be in the latest Katy Perry song. Just a thought and maybe more people would take whatever she is crashing, I mean driving seriously.
      Titansfan1967
      • 4 Months Ago

      WOW, That was incredible. I wish her the best. 

      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Months Ago

      Hope she will make a full recovery.

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