Golf star Tiger Woods was within the hospital Tuesday morning after a severe rollover crash close to Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department mentioned.Woods was the only occupant of a Genesis GV80 SUV that was touring north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road when he crashed simply after 7 a.m., authorities mentioned. The car sustained main harm, and Woods needed to be extricated from the wreckage by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, sheriff’s officers mentioned. Sources mentioned he needed to be eliminated by way of the automobile’s windshield.“Because of the scenario and the way in which that you simply discovered the car, he wasn’t capable of open the door and are available out,” L.A. County Fire Department spokesman Henry Narvaez mentioned. “We extricated him; we helped help him out of the car.”
Woods was transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center by ambulance, the place he’s in “severe” situation and is being handled for his accidents, the Fire Department mentioned.Woods “suffered a number of leg accidents. He is at present in surgical procedure and we thanks on your privateness and assist,” his supervisor, Mark Steinberg, mentioned.
Aerial photos from the scene of the crash confirmed Woods’ car mendacity about 30 yards off the street on its facet.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned Woods is “fortunate to be alive.”Woods was in Los Angeles because the host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, a golf event that concluded Sunday. He didn’t play within the occasion, as he was recovering from his fifth again surgical procedure however advised CBS announcer Jim Nantz in an interview in the course of the last spherical that he hoped to play within the Masters in April.“God I hope so. I’ve received to get there first,” Woods mentioned within the interview. “Quite a lot of it’s primarily based on my surgeons and docs and therapist and ensuring I do it accurately. This is the one again I’ve received; I don’t have rather more wiggle room left.”According to numerous studies, Woods was on the golf course capturing one thing for Golf Digest on Monday, and each retired NBA star Dwyane Wade and comic David Spade tweeted they had been taking part in with him that day.
Law enforcement sources who requested anonymity as a result of they weren’t approved to talk publicly on the matter advised The Times that Woods was touring at a excessive charge of velocity and misplaced management of the car earlier than crossing the middle divider. Woods’ SUV rolled a number of occasions earlier than coming to a halt. Officials haven’t revealed the reason for the crash. The crash occurred on a curvy, steep stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard, a significant street that cuts by way of the Palos Verdes Peninsula the place indicators warn vehicles to make use of decrease gears when touring downhill. The street was closed Tuesday morning as deputies investigated. A vivid crimson Van Lingen towing truck drove up Hawthorne towards the crash website at about 1:30 p.m.Sheriff’s deputies specializing in accident investigations had been photographing the scene and had been set to take measurements and element the wreckage earlier than it was eliminated. The entrance finish of the SUV was closely broken and the windscreen body had been eliminated the place Woods was extracted from the car.
Asked in regards to the quite a few deputies on scene inspecting the wreckage and documenting the crash website, Villaneuva mentioned, “anytime there are accidents, an intensive investigation is required.”Bob Fong, 67, who lives on Blackhorse Road, simply north of the crash website, observed police automobiles at Hawthorne Boulevard on Tuesday morning and thought, “It should have been some large movie star that crashed.”Fong is aware of how tough the curves on the steep Hawthorne Boulevard might be — a lot in order that close to the crash website there’s a runoff lane to be used in emergencies.Laureen Swing, a 15-year resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, was strolling her canine a block from the Hawthorne Blvd. and Blackhorse Road intersection Tuesday. She mentioned it’s a closely trafficked space.
“There’s accidents on a regular basis. … I feel it’s nearly a harmful stretch of street and I at all times keep on the fitting facet as a result of I’m simply afraid of individuals desirous to go quick,” Swing mentioned. “They don’t use flip indicators typically once they swap lanes. I’ve nearly discovered myself entering into an accident, attempting to keep away from one other automobile reducing me off on that street. It’s fairly harmful.”She didn’t see Woods’ crash, however she witnessed a van that crossed the median on the identical street a number of years in the past and practically hit her.One 54-year resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, who requested not being named, lives throughout the road from the intersection and known as it a “velocity lure.”“You don’t understand how quick you possibly can descend,” the resident mentioned. “I’ve been ticketed not even accelerating, simply utilizing the momentum of the hill, and I used to be dashing. If you’re not conversant in this space, it’s simply very easy to go quick. I normally [avoid the Hawthorne Blvd. and Blackhorse Rd. intersection] as a result of individuals will run the sunshine, and I might get nailed making my left flip up right here.”
Donnie Nelson, a resident of Rolling Hills, mentioned Hawthorne is the location of harmful accidents normally a few times a 12 months.“Most of the time, vehicles come down the hill and lose their brakes,” he mentioned.He’s identified not less than one one that was critically injured by a trash truck on the hill, and mentioned there are not less than a few runoffs on Hawthorne to stop severe accidents. The velocity restrict is 45 mph, however he mentioned “automobiles fly by you right here.”
This shouldn’t be the primary automobile crash Woods has been concerned in. In 2009, as he backed out of his driveway in a gated neighborhood close to Orlando, Fla., his Cadillac SUV struck a fireplace hydrant and hit a neighbor’s tree. In 2017, Woods was arrested in Jupiter, Fla., after law enforcement officials discovered him asleep on the wheel of his automobile. Woods later mentioned the incident was brought on by an “sudden response to prescribed medicines.”Times employees author Christina Schoellkopf contributed to this report.