The daily beast
Tiger Woods suffered ‘serious’ leg injuries after car crash in Los Angeles
YouTube / MSNBCGolf legend Tiger Woods suffered “serious” injuries to both legs after being pulled from the twisted wreckage of a car crash early Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said. Woods was traveling at “a relatively faster than normal speed” through the Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes neighborhoods near Long Beach when his car suffered “several rollovers,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff said , Alex Villanueva, at an afternoon press conference. Woods, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, “was able to communicate and he was aware” when first responders arrived, but he “couldn’t get up,” Villanueva said, adding that there had no “skid marks” or evidence of “braking” at the scene, where Woods had struck the center divider, a sidewalk and a tree. “There was no evidence of impairment. There has been no effort to draw blood, for example, at the hospital, ”Villanueva told reporters. “No evidence of impairment at this time.” Nonetheless, he said, an investigation has been opened into the crash which could take “days to weeks” to conclude. “Whenever there are injuries, a thorough investigation is needed,” he said. LASD MP Carlos Gonzalez, the first to arrive at the scene, described the star as “lucid and calm” immediately after the crash but “unable to stand under his own power.” “I’ll say it’s very lucky that Mr. Woods was able to come out alive,” he says. The sheriff’s department first said the car suffered such extensive damage that crews had to use “jaw-life” hydraulic machines to open the wreckage and pull it out. However, a spokesperson later said that was incorrect. Although the Sheriff’s Department did not give details of Woods’ injuries, a source quoted by the Los Angeles Times said he suffered a broken ankle and two broken legs, one of which ‘between them being a compound fracture. The sheriff’s department said there was no sign the star was impaired, and a deputy who was the first to the scene described him as “lucid and calm.” Images broadcast on MSNBC showed the badly damaged car lying on a grassy hill several meters from the roadway. RUPTURE: Tiger Woods taken to hospital with injuries from a vehicle crash with “major damage,” the LA County Sheriff’s Department said. pic.twitter.com/hxcGYAig8D— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 23, 2021 Woods agent Mark Steinberg told the Daily Beast in a statement that Woods suffered multiple leg injuries in the crash of a only car. “He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” he said. Unidentified law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times that Woods was traveling “at high speed” when he lost control on a twisty stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard, crossed a center splitter and rolled several times. . It must have been cleared by the windshield, sources said. @Tigerwoods, just saw the terrible news. We know how tough you are, we’ve seen it a hundred times. Hoping and praying that you are well my friend. – Justin ROSE (@ JustinRose99) February 23, 2021 Woods traveled to Southern California for the Genesis Invitational of the PGA Tour, a golf competition at the Riviera County Club that benefits the Woods Foundation. The SUV he was driving appears to have a Genesis Invitational decal on the driver’s side door. Woods had not participated in the Genesis Invitational due to his recent back surgery. The 45-year-old underwent his fourth microdiscectomy procedure to remove abnormal disc material and his fifth back surgery in late December after years of persistent back problems. He also had persistent knee injuries and had two surgeries in 2008, just two days ago he said he hoped to recover in time to compete in the Masters in seven weeks. This morning @LMTLASD responded to a rollover collision in which @TigerWoods was injured. Please see our statement … pic.twitter.com/cSWOxKZC1w— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) February 23, 2021 Woods blamed his persistent back pain and insomnia for a DUI arrest near his Jupiter home Island, Florida, in 2017. report indicated that Woods had five different drugs in his system at the time of the arrest: hydrocodone, an opioid pain reliever; hydromorphone, another type of pain reliever; alprazolam, an anxiety medication like Xanax; aolpidem, a sleeping pill like Ambien; and delta-9 carboxy THC, which is found in marijuana. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving and had to attend DUI school, do community service, pay a $ 250 fine, and complete a one-year diversion. in front of the public. Two days after an infidelity scandal erupted in 2009, he crashed his Cadillac Escalade SUV into a fire hydrant and tree outside his Florida mansion at 2:30 a.m. His then wife Elin Nordegren, must have pulled him out of the car. He was treated for minor cuts to his face and received a ticket for reckless driving. He later completed 45 days of therapy. In the aftermath of the crash, a tsunami of information about Woods’ private life came out, including that he cheated on his wife with several women. The revelations cost the golf legend several major sponsorships, and he didn’t return to the sport for five months. Just days ago, Woods was pictured on the golf course for a friendly game with the former Miami Heat basketball legend Dwayne Wade. However, the last time he competed professionally was on December 20 at the PNC Championship in Orlando, Fla., Where he played alongside his 11-year-old son, Charlie. The pair finished seventh. View this post on Instagram A post shared by dwyanewade (@dwyanewade) After hosting the Genesis Invitational this weekend, Woods was set to do a two-day shoot for Golf Digest / GOLFTV, according to Golf Digest. In the set, Woods lectured a number of celebrities, including Wade and David Spade. Woods didn’t arrive for day two of filming on Tuesday morning. Read more about The Daily Beast. Do you have a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here Get our best stories delivered to your inbox every day. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside digs deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.