Los Angeles County Sheriff said golf star Tiger Woods was “lucky to be alive” on Tuesday after he was seriously injured in a coup near Rancho Palos Verdes.
Authorities said Woods was the only concern of the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV that was traveling north on Hawthorne Street on Blackhorse Road when it crashed after 7 am. The car was badly damaged, and Woods had to pull it out from the wreckage by personnel from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, police officials said.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was traveling “relatively faster than usual” down a hill, noting that “this area has had a large number of accidents.” The mayor said that there were “no signs of slipping” nor signs of braking and that the golfer had hit a center splitter, a brake and a tree in the rollover.
Villanueva said on Tuesday there was “no evidence” that Woods was damaged at the scene.
The fire department said Woods was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center by ambulance, where he was in critical condition and being treated for his injuries. A source familiar with his treatment said that his injuries included a broken ankle and broken legs, one of which was a compound.
In a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon, fire department spokesman Daryl Ospi said Woods was conscious and in stable condition at the scene, but the coup meant he was considered to have had a shock level, so he was taken to the nearest trauma center. .
The professional golfer “has sustained multiple leg injuries. His manager, Mark Steinberg,” said, “He is currently undergoing surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”
“He arrived at the scene first,” said Carlos Gonzalez, deputy sheriff of Los Angeles County.
“Mr. Woods was unable to stand under his authority,” Gonzales said, noting that Woods was placed on a backboard.
“I talked to him. I asked him what his name was. He told me his name was Tiger, and at that moment I immediately recognized him,” Gonzalez said.
Aerial photos from the scene showed Woods’ car lying 30 yards off the road on its side.
There did not appear to be skid marks on the north side of Hawthorne Street, but the wooden sign “Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates” was in the mid-strip blurring. There was a license plate and fluid on the south side of the road, and Woods’ SUV narrowly missed the telephone pole as it drove up the hill.
The PGA superstar was in Los Angeles as host for the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club, a golf tournament that concluded on Sunday. He did not play in the event, as he was recovering from his fifth back surgery, but he told CBS anchor Jim Nantz in an interview during the final round that he hoped to play in the Masters in April.
“God, I hope so.” Woods said in the interview. “Much of it depends on the surgeons, doctors and therapists I work with and make sure I do it right. This is the only backpack I have; I don’t have much room to maneuver. “
Woods stayed in Los Angeles County after the Genesis Invitational to participate in a two-day content shoot with Golf Digest / GolfTV. Although he didn’t hit balls or play any holes on Monday, smiling Woods was with retired NBA star Dwyane Wade and comedian David Speed - both of whom documented it on social media – at Rolling Hills Country Club. Part of the filming included giving Woods lessons for celebrities on the course.
A source familiar with the investigation said Woods was staying at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes and left there early Tuesday to head to Rolling Hills Country Club, about 20 minutes away, to shoot. The Golf Digest confirmed that Woods was on his way back to the country club for an additional photo and video footage of the accident.
The accident occurred on a steep stretch of Hawthorne Street, a major road running through the Palos Verdes peninsula where signs warn trucks to use less gears when driving down a slope. And the road was closed on Tuesday morning during the investigation of the representatives. A bright red tow truck is seen driving to Hawthorne towards the crash site around 1:30 pm
Sharif’s deputies were filming the scene and were ready to take measurements and detail the wreckage before removing it. The front end of the SUV was badly damaged and the windshield frame was removed as Woods was extracted from the vehicle.
Investigators were trying to determine if any other vehicles were on the road at the time and may have played a role in the accident. Officials said the data could also be extracted from the car’s computer system.
In response to a question about the many lawmakers at the site who inspect the wreckage and document the crash site, Villanova said, “Anytime there are injuries, an intense investigation is required.
Bob Fong, 67, who lives on Blackhorse Road, just north of the crash site, noticed police cars on Hawthorne Boulevard on Tuesday morning and thought, “Some celebrities must have crashed.”
Fong knows how difficult the bends can be on steep Hawthorne Street – so much so that near the crash site there is a runoff lane for emergency use.
15-year-old Rancho Palos Verdes resident Lauren Swing was walking her dog a block away from the crash site intersection Tuesday afternoon. She said it was a lot of smuggled area.
“There are accidents all the time.… I think it’s almost a dangerous stretch of road, and I always stay on the right side because I’m afraid of people wanting to go fast.” They don’t use turn signals sometimes when switching lanes, ”Swing said. I nearly found myself in an accident, trying to avoid another car blocking me down this road. It is very dangerous. “
She did not see the crash of Woods, but said that a truck had passed the broker on the same road a few years ago and almost collided with it.
A 54-year-old resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, who asked not to be identified and claimed to live across the street from Hawthorne and Blackhorse, called the intersection a “speed trap.”
The resident said, “You don’t know how fast you can go down.” “I got a ticket not even accelerating, just using the momentum of the hill, and I was faster. If you are not used to this area, it is really easy to go fast. [avoid the intersection] Because people will turn on the light, and I could be tan making me turn left here. “
A Rolling Hills resident, Donny Nelson, said the Hawthorne stretch is the site of serious accidents usually once or twice a year.
“Most of the time, trucks get off the hill and lose their brakes,” he said.
He knows at least one person who was critically injured in a garbage truck on the hill. The speed limit is 45 mph, but he said “Cars fly by your side here.”
This isn’t the first car accident Woods has been involved in. In 2009, when he stepped out of his way in a gated community near Orlando, Florida. His Cadillac SUV hit a fire hydrant And hit the neighbor’s tree.
In 2017, Woods was arrested in Jupiter, Florida after police officers found him Sleeping at the wheel From his car. Woods later said that the accident was caused by an “unexpected reaction to prescribed drugs.”
Kristina Schwylkoff, staff writer for The Times contributed to this report.