Legendary golfer Tiger Woods was involved in a car crash and suffered serious injuries to both his legs, Los Angeles authorities said Tuesday.
Woods was conscious and speaking to deputies and paramedics when he was found, but officials said the 45-year-old golfer was unable to stand on his own when he was removed from the wreckage of his SUV.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it responded to the single-vehicle rollover collision at 7:12 a.m. local time near the upscale Los Angeles suburban communities of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes and extricated Woods from the vehicle — which “sustained major damage.”
Sheriff officials had at first said the “jaws of life” were used to cut into the vehicle and get Woods out, but officials later told BuzzFeed News the mechanical tool was not used after all. Fire officials used a “hooligan” tube — a metal tool used by firefighters — to pry open the vehicle.
Woods was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said in a statement.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference that investigators currently have no evidence that Woods had been impaired but that speed did appear to be a factor in the crash.
“They [Woods] have been going at a considerably better velocity than regular,” Villanueva stated, noting that there seemed to be no indicators that Wood had tried to brake earlier than hitting the middle median of the street.
The automobile traveled a number of hundred toes after the impression, he stated, rolling over a number of instances throughout opposing lanes of site visitors and sheering off an 8-inch-thick tree on the aspect of the street. Aerial photos from the scene confirmed the wreckage of the automobile.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, informed Golf Digest that the golfer had “multiple leg injuries” and was present process surgical procedure, including, “We thank you for your privacy and support.”
Steinberg didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from BuzzFeed News.
Carlos Gonzalez, the primary sheriff’s deputy to make contact with Woods on the crash web site, stated the athlete was “calm and lucid” when he first approached the automotive.
“I asked him what his name was,” Gonzalez stated at a press convention. “He told me his name was Tiger. At that moment, I recognized him.”
Gonzalez stated he saved talking with Woods to maintain him calm till paramedics arrived.
Villanueva famous that the street the place Woods crashed, which curves and travels downhill, typically has bother with rushing autos.
Woods, who lives in Florida, was in Los Angeles over the weekend to host the Genesis Invitational golf match. He underwent again surgical procedure in December and did not play however introduced the trophy to winner Max Homa on Sunday.
Woods final competed within the PGA household match, the PNC Championship, together with his 11-year-old son, Charlie, on Dec. 20. Three days later, surgeons eliminated a “pressurized disc fragment” that had pained him as he golfed within the match.
“I’m feeling positive, little bit stiff,” Woods informed CBS on Sunday when requested about his restoration. “Plan is to get the MRI and see if the annulus is healed, and scarred over, and then start progressing.”
December’s surgical procedure was Woods’ fifth microdiscectomy process. His again accidents have plagued him all through his profession, and he stated Sunday that he’d hoped he would have the ability to get well in time for the Masters Tournament in April.
“I got to get there first,” he stated. “Lot of it’s based mostly off my surgeons, my docs, my therapists, and ensuring I do [the recovery] accurately. This is the one again I obtained, and I don’t have a lot wiggle room left there.”
Woods spent Monday filming a present for GolfTV with various high-profile company, amongst them actor David Spade and NBA participant Dwyane Wade, in keeping with photos and video posted on social media.
Correction: An earlier model of this text, utilizing data offered by the LA County Sheriff’s Department, misstated the rescue effort. Woods was not extracted from the automobile utilizing the Jaws of Life.