Tiger Woods crashed his vehicle in a Los Angeles neighborhood early Tuesday morning and was conscious and “calm,” but unaware of the extent of his injuries, a county sheriff’s deputy who was one of the victims said Wednesday. first on the scene.
Carlos Gonzalez, a deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, told NBC News “Today” show that the legendary golfer was able to identify himself immediately after the accident, but was not “aware” of the severity of his injuries.
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“Mr. Woods seemed calm,” Gonzalez recalled. “I don’t think he was aware of the severity of the injuries at the time. It could be a mix of adrenaline. It could have been a shock … I don’t know if he had time to fully assess his injuries.
He continued: “I ask him, ‘Can you tell me your name?’ He looked at me and said, ‘Tiger.’ It took me half a second, but I saw his face and I thought, ‘Oh yeah, you’re Tiger Woods.
González noted that Woods did not appear to be in danger, so he waited for the fire department to arrive and safely remove him from the accident.
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Woods, 45, suffered “multiple leg injuries” after being involved in a “single vehicle rollover” collision on the Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes border around 7:12 am local time.
His team issued a statement early Wednesday that detailed the extent of those injuries.
“Comminuted open fractures involving both the upper and lower tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia,” said Harbor-UCLA Medical Director and Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anish Mahajan Center. . “Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins.”
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While police didn’t rule out speed as a contributing factor, Gonzalez said the highway where the accident occurred is a “hot spot” for accidents.
“That specific stretch of highway is one of our trouble spots,” he said during a news conference Tuesday. “Our locals at Ranchos Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates know that it is a hotspot for traffic collisions and speed. In my experience as a deputy … I have seen many collisions. The nature of your vehicle, the fact that wearing a seatbelt, I’d say it greatly increased the likelihood that it saved his life. “
Gonzalez continued: “I have seen fatal traffic collisions, so I will say that it is very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to get out of this alive.”