This accident occurred in my hometown. Single car accident in which the Mercedes was speeding, lost control, and slid into a tree. The car impacted the tree just ahead of the front door and the whole front end, steering wheel and all, came loose from the rest of the car.
Amazingly, none of the three people in the car received life-threatening injuries and all are still with us to tell the tale.
Had the occupants not been wearing seat belts, I am sure that the end of this story wouldn’t have been even half as happy. In fact, maybe the car breaking apart helped to dissipate some of the energy of the crash. I guess the alternative would have been the whole thing wrapping cleanly around a tree, which would have probably crushed at least part of the cabin.