German stunt jumper Samuel Koch was seriously injured after a leap over a moving car on “Kangaroo” spring stilts went wrong. It all happened live on TV and was broadcast to millions of viewers. The worst part of it is that after three previous jumps, it was a car driven by his father over which the stuntman failed.
“Wetten, Dass?” (Want to Bet?), a German game show hosted by Thomas Gottschalk is one of the most watched shows in Europe. It features stunts by members of the public who “accepted a dare”. Samuel Koch got on the December 4 , 2010 show in Düsseldorf after claiming that he could jump on his spring stilts over 5 cars of different sizes. The rest of the show was cancelled after the failed stunt – first time cancellation in the show’s 29 years of running. It also cancelled Justin Bieber who was scheduled to perform on the show after the stunt.
Neck injuries 23 year old Samuel Koch suffered put him in a coma for 10 days and left him paralyzed for life. Video of the fateful failed stunt is below: