There was no signal of “impairment or concern” on the scene of the intense crash involving golf star Tiger Woods, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned.
Woods suffered leg accidents and is present process surgical procedure, authorities and his supervisor mentioned. His situation is not but clear.
Woods was very lucky to outlive the crash, authorities mentioned.
“Fortunately the inside [of the vehicle] was kind of intact which gave him the cushion to outlive. With out it, it could have been a deadly crash,” Villanueva mentioned.
Deputy Carlos Gonzalez mentioned Woods was carrying a seatbelt.
“The actual fact he was carrying a seatbelt might be the explanation he’s nonetheless alive. He’s very lucky to nonetheless be alive.”
Woods’ automotive travelled a number of hundred toes from the centre divider and off the highway.
Gonzalez mentioned Woods was not in a position to stand underneath his personal energy as soon as free of the wreckage.
“We put him onto a backboard. I made positive he was in a position to communicate to me. He was calm and lucid.
“I requested him what his identify was and he mentioned ‘Tiger’ and that is after I realised who it was,” Gonzalez mentioned.
Hearth Chief Darly Osby instructed media an axe was used to pry Woods from the automobile.
He was steady, acutely aware and speaking when emergency companies reached him.
“He was alive and he was acutely aware … there was no proof of impairment.”
The realm the place the crash occurred – Rancho Palos Verdes – has a excessive frequency of accidents, Villanueva mentioned.
There have been no skidmarks or indicators of braking on the highway and the primary contact was with the centre divider.
In keeping with CNN, the 45-year-old suffered average to essential accidents whereas police mentioned in a press release he had suffered life-threatening accidents.
CNN reported Woods suffered compound fractures within the crash.
Woods was driving a 2021 Genesis mid-size SUV.
Police sources instructed the Los Angeles Instances “Woods was travelling at a excessive price of velocity and misplaced management of the automobile earlier than crossing the centre divider”. He then rolled the automotive a number of instances.
Fellow gamers and associates reacted with shock to the information.
“I am sick to my abdomen. You already know, it hurts to see certainly one of my closest associates get in an accident. Man, I simply hope he is all proper. Simply fear for his children, . I am positive they’re struggling,” buddy and fellow professional Justin Thomas mentioned.
“It is sickening,” mentioned Aussie main winner Adam Scott, who was watching protection of the crash from participant eating on the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship.
“He is our hero out right here. You assume guys like Tiger and Kobe Bryant are untouchable, however they don’t seem to be. I simply hope he is all proper.”
Former US President Donald Trump launched a press release.
“Get effectively quickly, Tiger. You’re a true champion!” Trump mentioned,
Woods was alone within the SUV when it crashed shortly earlier than 7.15am, and no different automobiles have been concerned, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division mentioned. He was alert as firefighters pried open the entrance windshield to get him out, mentioned Christopher Thomas, a spokesman for the county Hearth Division.
Photographs confirmed the SUV on its facet, with its entrance finish closely broken, simply off the facet of a highway close to a hillside.
“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California the place he suffered a number of leg accidents. He’s at the moment in surgical procedure and we thanks in your privateness and assist,” Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg mentioned in a press release.
Woods lately had his fifth again surgical procedure and has had a troubled previous with painkillers together with one incident the place police discovered him asleep on the wheel.
A KABC-TV helicopter over the scene of Woods’ accident confirmed a automotive on its facet with the entrance finish closely broken. Airbags seemed to be deployed. The wreckage seemed to be simply off the facet of a highway on a hillside.
The crash occurred shortly earlier than 7.15am Tuesday, officers mentioned.
Woods was in Los Angeles over the weekend because the match host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, the place he offered the trophy.
Earlier within the day, former NBA star Dwyane Wade posted a video on Instagram enjoying a spherical of golf with Woods.
Woods appeared in a TV interview earlier this week wherein social media followers shared their considerations.
“Simply me or did Tiger Woods simply look utterly zoned out throughout that interview?” tweeted one golf fan.
“He didn’t look in a great way it should be mentioned,” mentioned one golf fan. “Whereas he would possibly compete at The Masters, I might be very stunned if he makes the reduce. Seems to be and seems like he is aware of it may very well be the tip now.”
That is the third time Woods has been concerned in a automotive investigation. Probably the most infamous was the early morning after Thanksgiving in 2009, when his SUV ran over a hearth hydrant and hit a tree. That was the beginning of surprising revelations that he had been dishonest on his spouse with a number of girls. Woods misplaced main company sponsorship, went to a rehabilitation clinic in Mississippi and didn’t return to golf for 5 months.
In Might 2017, Florida police discovered him asleep behind the wheel of a automotive parked awkwardly on the facet of the highway. He was arrested on a DUI cost and mentioned later he had an surprising response to prescription drugs his again ache. Woods later pleaded responsible to reckless driving and checked right into a clinic to get assist with prescription treatment and a sleep problem.
Earlier this week Woods mentioned he does not know when he’ll return from a fifth again surgical procedure, and he couldn’t give a definitive reply Sunday when requested if he can be on the Masters.
“God, I hope so,” Woods on the CBS broadcast of the Genesis Invitational.
Woods, at Riviera at hand out the trophy because the match host, had a microdiscectomy December 23. It was the fifth surgical procedure on his again, and the primary since a process to fuse his decrease backbone in April 2017.
“I am feeling superb,” Woods mentioned. “I am just a little bit stiff. I’ve yet one more MRI scheduled in order that we’ll see if the annulus (fibrosus) is scarred over lastly and see if I can begin doing extra actions. However nonetheless within the health club, nonetheless doing the mundane stuff that it’s a must to do for rehab, the little issues earlier than I can begin gravitating in the direction of one thing just a little extra.”
Woods has not performed since he joined 11-year-old Charlie on the PNC Problem a number of days earlier than his surgical procedure.
“I do not know what the plan is,” he mentioned when requested if he would attempt to play earlier than the Masters.
– With AP