Tiger Woods hospitalized after car crash; ‘jaws of life’ used to extricate golfer

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Hope he is OK.
That said, that is a few car crashes now, isn't it?
His "driving" has gone all to hell the last while. Hope he can keep his short game on track.
 

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Tiger Woods crash site features an 'S' curve known for wrecks
Author of the article:Washington Post
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Ben Golliver, The Washington Post
Publishing date:Feb 24, 2021 • 9 minutes ago • 4 minute read
TOPSHOT - The vehicle driven (R bottom) by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident. - US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained "major damage," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department said. Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics, and suffered "multiple leg injuries," his agent said in a statement to US media. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
The vehicle driven (R bottom) by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident. PHOTO BY PATRICK T. FALLON /AFP via Getty Images
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RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — At first glance, the stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard that runs through Rancho Palos Verdes is quintessential posh suburbia.

Million-dollar homes with manicured lawns flank the four-lane road, which is a major artery through a hilly peninsula known for its sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and scenic cliffs. This is a community with a country day school, plentiful horse riding trails, a botanical garden and multiple golf courses. Signs welcome motorists as they pass through from neighboring enclaves on major streets, and wild peacocks are known to roam through the residential side streets.


It was here that, shortly after 7 a.m. local time Tuesday, Tiger Woods crashed a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV in an accident that sent the golf legend to the hospital with serious leg injuries after the vehicle flipped multiple times before coming to rest several hundred feet from the road. This past weekend, Woods had hosted, but not competed at, the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, which is about 25 miles north of the crash location.

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Authorities from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department described a harrowing scene: Woods was found alone, conscious and pinned in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, which was severely damaged and had deployed its air bags. Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the first officer who arrived on the scene, said Woods was communicative when he first made contact.


“I spoke to him,” Gonzalez said. “I asked him what his name was. He told me his name was Tiger. At that moment, I immediately recognized him. I asked him if he knew where he was and what time of day, just to make sure he was oriented. He seemed as though he was lucid and calm.”

A neighbour, whose house had an elevated view above where Woods’s car came to rest, heard the crash and called the police, and officers were on the scene within minutes. Fire department officials used a pry bar and an ax to free Woods from the vehicle. Woods, who was unable to walk away from the scene under his own power, was transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in serious but stable condition, and there were no other cars involved. Woods was wearing a seat belt, authorities said, or the crash could have been fatal.

“It’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” Gonzalez said. “He didn’t seem concerned about his injuries at the time, which is not uncommon in traffic collisions. Many times people tend to be in shock.”

An extended stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard, running from Blackhorse Road to Palos Verdes Drive, remained blocked off Tuesday afternoon as officers investigated the scene and prepared to remove the vehicle, which bore decals from the Genesis Invitational.

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ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: A tow truck operator secures the car that golf legend Tiger Woods was driving when seriously injured in a rollover accident on February 23, 2021 in Rolling Hills Estates, California. Rescuers used hydraulic rescue tools to extricate him from the car where he reportedly sustained major leg injuries. Law enforcement reports that there was no evidence of impairment. He was in town to participate in The Genesis Invitational golf tournament. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A tow truck operator secures the SUV that golf legend Tiger Woods was driving when seriously injured in a rollover accident on February 23, 2021. PHOTO BY DAVID MCNEW /Getty Images
Woods showed “no signs of impairment” when authorities arrived at the scene, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. The temperature on a sunny February day reached nearly 80 degrees in the afternoon, and roads in the area weren’t wet. Authorities confirmed, per Villanueva, that weather was “not a factor” in the crash, which prompted a second, minor traffic accident as another motorist took in the sight of Woods’s wreck.

Gonzalez said crashes in the area are common because the “downhill” and “sweeping” stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard descends quickly and features an “S” curve, which can cause motorists to exceed the speed limit without realizing it.

TOPSHOT - The vehicle driven (R bottom) by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident. - US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained
The vehicle driven (R bottom) by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident. PHOTO BY PATRICK T. FALLON /AFP via Getty Images
“That specific stretch of roadway is one of our trouble spots,” Gonzalez said. “Our locals in Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates know it’s a hot spot for traffic collisions as well as speed. … I have seen many collisions. The nature of his vehicle, the fact that he was wearing a seat belt, I would say that it greatly increased the likelihood that it saved his life.”

Woods was traveling northbound at the time of the crash – heading downward in elevation – when he apparently left his lane, crashed into a sign on the median that reads “Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates,” crossed into the southbound lanes, skipped a curb and went into a nearby field, where his vehicle hit a tree and came to a stop. Villanueva said Woods’s vehicle probably was traveling at a “relatively greater speed than normal” at the time of the crash.

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A sheriff officer carries away a sign damaged after the car crash of Tiger Woods near Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni ORG XMIT: SIN
A sheriff officer carries away a sign damaged after the car crash of Tiger Woods near Los Angeles February 23, 2021. PHOTO BY MARIO ANZUONI /REUTERS
Gonzalez said his department regularly patrols that stretch of road for speeding enforcement, often clocking violators going 80 mph – nearly double the 45-mph speed limit.

“People see a nice stretch of road and maybe they’re not watching their speedometer, or maybe they’re in a hurry,” he said.

There are signs warning motorists to watch their downhill speed through the area. The slope is significant: Media members who arrived at the crash site Tuesday afternoon labored as they carried equipment back up the hill to the nearest street parking, located in a nearby neighborhood.

The news of Woods’s crash, which conjured memories of Kobe Bryant’s fatal helicopter crash last year, brought more than a dozen reporters to the site. News helicopters whirred above the scene all afternoon, and more than two dozen camera crews descended upon the a sheriff’s station for a news conference, filling the small parking lot and prompting officers to keep watch from the building’s roof.
 

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Tiger Woods may have crashed after falling asleep, say experts
Author of the article:postmedia News
Publishing date:Mar 01, 2021 • 17 hours ago • 1 minute read • comment bubble13 Comments
The vehicle of golfer Tiger Woods, who was rushed to hospital after suffering multiple injuries, lies on its side after being involved in a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles, California, U.S. in a still image from video taken February 23, 2021.
The vehicle of golfer Tiger Woods, who was rushed to hospital after suffering multiple injuries, lies on its side after being involved in a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles, California, U.S. in a still image from video taken February 23, 2021. PHOTO BY KNBC /via REUTERS
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Was Tiger asleep at the wheel?

USA Today is reporting it’s a possibility, according to several forensic car accident experts.


The 45-year-old golf superstar was driving his 2021 Genesis GV80 alone early on Feb. 23 when it veered across the median on a road in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., struck a tree, and rolled over.

Experts noted that since Woods broke several bones in his lower right leg, it indicates he was applying the brake at the time of impact, according to USA Today.

“To me, this is like a classic case of falling asleep behind the wheel, because the road curves and his vehicle goes straight,” said Jonathan Cherney, an expert court witness consultant.

“It’s a drift off the road, almost like he was either unconscious, suffering from a medical episode or fell asleep and didn’t wake up until he was off the road and that’s where the brake application came in.”

And while Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said there were no skid marks to indicate braking, the vehicle had anti-lock brakes, according to accident reconstruction expert Felix Lee.

Lee told USA Today that even if Woods slammed on the brakes, “you wouldn’t necessarily see tire marks.”

Cherney also saw no evidence of “any steering input” showing Woods tried to avoid the accident.

Rami Hashish, from the National Biomechanics Institute, told USA Today this suggests a “very delayed response … suggesting he wasn’t paying attention at all.”
 

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Tiger Woods told cops he didn’t remember driving: Report
Author of the article:Reuters
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Publishing date:Mar 04, 2021 • 20 hours ago • 1 minute read • comment bubble7 Comments
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies inspect the vehicle of golfer Tiger Woods, who was rushed to hospital after suffering multiple injuries, after it was involved in a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles, California, U.S. February 23, 2021.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies inspect the vehicle of golfer Tiger Woods, who was rushed to hospital after suffering multiple injuries, after it was involved in a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles, California, U.S. February 23, 2021. PHOTO BY GENE BLEVINS /REUTERS
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Tiger Woods told responding deputies to his single-vehicle crash last week that he did not know how the accident happened and didn’t remember driving, USA Today reported Thursday.

USA Today cited a copy of the search warrant affidavit that was used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to obtain the black box in the SUV Woods was driving.


“The deputies asked him how the collision occurred,” according to the affidavit. “Driver said he did not know and did not even remember driving … Driver was treated for his injuries at the hospital and was asked there again how the collision occurred. He repeated that he did not know and did not remember driving.”

The black box houses data related to speed and acceleration, braking sequence, steering angle changes and other instrument activity.

A sheriff’s deputy said Wednesday the warrant is a matter of course in LA County and considered part of the department’s due diligence.

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“We’re trying to determine if a crime was committed,” Sheriff’s Deputy John Schloegl said. “If somebody is involved in a traffic collision, we’ve got to reconstruct the traffic collision, if there was any reckless driving, if somebody was on their cell phone or something like that. We determine if there was a crime. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.”

Woods, 45, was hurt last week in an early-morning, single-car crash near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Emergency personnel extracted him from his car and transported him to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

He underwent surgery Tuesday to treat multiple injuries to his right lower leg, including the insertion of a rod into the tibia. Additional screws and pins were needed in the leg, and he was treated for muscle and soft-tissue injuries. He underwent another procedure last Friday.

Woods subsequently was moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.