About 10 million people were watching the live game show “Wetten Dass (English: Bet it…?)” on Saturday night to see 23-year-old Samuel Koch try and jump over a car that was speeding towards him. He was wearing special shoes with a suspension system. The car was driven by his own father.
But Koch couldn’t get up high enough, and the car hit him. He suffered multiple back injuries and fractures. He underwent surgery on Sunday. His condition is no longer life threatening, the German news agency DPAD quoted Duesseldorf hospital Dr. Wolfgang Raab as saying.
But it remained unclear if or when Koch would fully recover since “he is in an extremely critical stage,” Raab told journalists.
The rest of the show that was supposed to feature Justin Bieber and other stars was canceled.
Bieber said on Twitter:
“Please pray for Samuel Koch & his family as we wait and hope for his health and safety.”
He added that he felt sorry for not performing in Germany, but:
“some things are more important than putting on a show. We will be back I promise.”