The crash happened on the border of Rolling Hills Estates around 7:12 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Details about what led up the crash were not released, but authorities say the car was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard when it crashed at Blackhorse Road.
No other cars were involved in the wreck that injured Woods, whose first name is Eldrick. The golf star was the only person in the car, which sustained major damage, and was extricated from the wreck by L.A. County firefighters and paramedics. He was taken to a hospital in unknown condition.
While the cause of the accident is being investigated, the sheriff’s department said there was no obvious indication of a DUI.
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AIR7 HD was over the scene of the accident, showing the car on its side with the front end heavily damaged. Air bags appeared to be deployed, and luggage was also seen nearby.
The wreckage appeared to be just off the side of a road on a hillside. There was a second crash when a vehicle that had apparently stopped to help Woods got hit, said Christopher Thomas, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. That wreck was very minor, and no one was hurt.
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According to Capt. James Power from the sheriff’s department, the jaws of life were not used to rescue Woods, as previously reported. First responders simply popped open the windshield, Power said. It took six minutes from the time of the accident for officials to arrive on scene.
Woods was in Los Angeles over the weekend as the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, where he presented the trophy. He was to spend Monday and Tuesday filming with Discovery-owned GOLFTV, with whom he has an endorsement contract. One tweet on Monday showed him in a cart smiling with David Spade.
According to Golf Digest, also owned by Discovery, the TV shoot was for on-course lessons to celebrities, such as Spade and retired basketball star Dwyane Wade. He did not play.
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The 15-time major champion last played Dec. 20 in the PNC Championship with his 11-year-old son, Charlie. He had a fifth surgery on his back, a microdiscectomy, two days before Christmas and gave no indication when he would return. The Masters is April 8-11 and when asked if he would be there, Woods replied, “God, I hope so.”
3rd car investigation for Tiger Woods
This is the third time Woods has been involved in a car investigation. The most notorious was the early morning after Thanksgiving in 2009, when his SUV ran over a fire hydrant and hit a tree near his home in Florida. That was the start of shocking revelations that he had been cheating on his wife with multiple women. Woods lost major corporate sponsorships, went to a rehabilitation clinic in Mississippi and did not return to golf for five months.
In May 2017, Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a car parked awkwardly on the side of the road. He was arrested on a DUI charge and said later he had an unexpected reaction to prescription medicine for his back pain. Woods later pleaded guilty to reckless driving and checked into a clinic to get help with prescription medication and a sleep disorder.
DEVELOPING: This story will be updated as more information becomes available. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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