TUESDAY 2/23/2021 4:25 p.m.
RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, Cali. (ABC4) – Authorities say there is no indication that PGA golfer Tiger Woods was impaired during a Tuesday morning roll-over crash that left him hospitalized.
During a Tuesday evening press conference, California authorities provided additional details on the crash.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, emergency crews responded to a roll-over crash shortly after 7 a.m. PST. Upon arrival, they found one vehicle invovled, driven by Woods.
Authorities determined Woods had crossed the center median on the roadway, entered the oncoming lanes of traffic, and jumped a curb. His vehicle then rolled, hitting a tree at one point, before coming to rest on its side, as you can seen in this photo from ABC4 affiliate KABC.
A resident nearby was the first to call authorities. Emergency crews determined they would need to extricate Woods from the vehicle. Late Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the “jaws of life” were used, but during the evening press conference, authorities say they used a different method to get Woods out of the vehicle.
“At the time, deputies did not see any sign of impairment,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during the press conference. Woods was conscious and alert while crews pried open the windshield to get him out, according to authorities.
He was then transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a nearby trauma center, in an ambulance in serious but stable condition.
According to the golfer’s manager, Mark Steinberg, Woods suffered “multiple leg injuries” and required surgery.
Villanueva says it is unclear whether Woods was distracted and there is no word how fast he was driving. A Sheriff’s deputy described the roadway as steep, which is sometimes difficult for motorists. Weather was also determined to not be a factor.
Sheriff Villanueva says that the airbags deployed while the inside of the car remained basically intact, which gave Woods “a cushion to survive the crash.”
SLIDESHOW: Photos of damage to the vehicle
According to the Associated Press, the SUV, a 2021 Genesis, Woods was driving had tournament logos on the side door, indicating it was a courtesy car for players at the Genesis Invitational.
Woods was in Los Angeles over the weekend as the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, where he presented the trophy on Sunday. He was to spend Monday and Tuesday filming with Discovery-owned GOLFTV, with whom he has an endorsement. A tweet Monday showed Woods in a cart smiling with comedian David Spade.
There is no word yet on the severity of the injuries Woods sustained, including the severe injuries to both legs, or any other injuries. California authorities are now investigating the crash.
Original Story: Tiger Woods injured, extricated after California roll-over crash
TUESDAY 2/23/2021 12:34 p.m.
RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, Cali. (ABC4) – Tiger Woods has been injured in a California crash, according to authorities.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says they responded to a roll-over crash that involved the PGA golfer.
In a statement on Twitter, officials say they were called to a single-vehicle rollover traffic collision shortly after 7 a.m. PST.
The vehicle had been traveling northbound when it crashed and sustained major damage. In this photo from ABC4 affiliate KABC, you can see the damage done to the car as well as what appears to be luggage around it. There is no word on where Woods was going to or coming from.
“The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer, Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods,” the LA County Sheriff’s Department says. “Mr. Woods was extricated from the wreck with the ‘jaws of life’ by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.”
Authorities say they are continuing to investigate the incident and not other details are available at this time.
Woods suffered “multiple leg injuries,” his manager Mark Steinberg tells the Associated Press. The golfer is now undergoing surgery.
On Sunday, Woods said he hopes to be at Augusta National for this April’s Masters Tournament.
“I’m feeling fine. I’m a little stiff. I have one more MRI scheduled so that we’ll see if the annulus is scared over finally and then I can start doing more activities,” Woods said. “Still in the gym, still doing the mundane stuff that you have to do for rehab. The little things where I can start gravitating toward something more.”