Tiger Woods Not Impaired But Likely Speeding Before Crash That Led to Serious Leg Injuries
Los Angeles, CA – Golfing great Tiger Woods suffered multiple leg fractures and a shattered ankle in a single vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Tuesday morning.
Woods, who resides in Florida, was in the area for his annual Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades.
He was reportedly running late for a morning appointment and speeding in a Genesis SUV while traveling northbound on Hawthorne Blvd. at Blackhorse Road near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes at approximately 7:12 a.m. when the vehicle crashed.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the stretch of road where Woods crashed is a frequent trouble area, with 13 accidents reported there since January of last year.
“It’s downward and it has a curve to it, so if you are not attentive to the speed or the road itself it is very easy to stray from where you are supposed to be and you are going to encounter that center median.” Sheriff Villanueva said Tuesday night during an appearance on Fox News.
Investigators said after Woods lost control, the SUV traveled through the median and across two lanes of oncoming traffic before leaving the roadway narrowly missing a telephone poll then rolling multiple times up the hillside before coming to rest.
In total, officials estimated a distance of 476 feet from where Woods lost control of the vehicle to where it ultimately came to rest.
When emergency crews arrived on the scene, Woods was conscious and responsive.
An L.A. County Deputy who was among the first to engaged with Woods at the scene described him as “calm.”
After being extricated from the SUV he was transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance where he underwent emergency surgery to repair multiple “open fractures” to his lower right leg and a crushed ankle.
He had a rod placed in his tibia and screws and pins inserted into his foot and ankle, according Dr. Anish Mahajan of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Aside from his health, a question on the minds of many who have followed the 15-time PGA major tournament winner’s life and career was if he was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
In October of 2017, Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving following his arrest in May of the same year on suspicion of driving under the influence.
His Mercedes was parked along a Florida roadway with him asleep behind the wheel when police woke him up.
A toxicology report later revealed Woods had five different drugs in his system including multiple prescribed painkillers and sleeping medications.
The five-time Masters champion said he was using the medication to treat pain from a back injury which required surgery.
However, Sheriff Villanueva put that question to rest.
“There’s no evidence of any impairment whatsoever,” he informed.
Still, the Sheriff indicated Woods was “extremely fortunate” he was not more severely injured.
“[Tiger] had his seatbelt on so he was spared from major trauma from hitting the console the steering wheel and all of that,” he said.
Sheriff Villanueva also noted the interior department of the SUV was “pretty much intact” which is what kept him alive.