Professional golfer Bill Haas has been injured after a Ferrari he was riding in lost control and caused a multiple-vehicle collision before slamming into a tree.
The driver of the car was killed on impact.
Actor Luke Wilson was also involved in the crash.
According to Daily Mail:
Golfer Bill Haas and actor Luke Wilson have been involved in a fiery pile-up in LA which left one person dead.
Haas, 35, was ‘seriously injured’ in the crash, according to KTLA, while Legally Blonde star Wilson, 46, escaped unharmed.
The crash involved a Ferrari, a BMW and two other cars in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood at 6.31pm on Tuesday evening (2.31am GMT on Wednesday).
Haas, who had been practicing for a golf tournament nearby, was a passenger in the Ferrari which police said was ‘travelling at speed’. The 71-year-old male driver of the sports car, Mark Gibello, was hosting Haas at his nearby family home for the golf competition. He died at the scene of the accident.
Legally Blonde star Wilson’s car was ‘clipped’ as a result of the crash and he escaped uninjured. An unidentified 50-year-old woman who was driving the BMW has also been taken to hospital.
‘I believe the cause [of the Ferrari driver’s death] was a high rate of speed and the individual lost control, colliding into several vehicles,’ Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department told the Palisades Post.
As you can see, the damage to the Ferrari was severe:
Four cars were involved in the collision. The Ferrari is believed to have clipped Luke Wilson’s Toyota FJ SUV which was traveling northbound, police told KTLA. It then collided with the BMW before flipping multiple times. Another vehicle suffered minor damage.
Haas and the unnamed female victim were reported to have been ‘seriously injured at the scene’ but police later said the pro-golfer, who is ranked 67 in the world, is doing well. Haas’s relatives later said he suffered leg injuries but miraculously escaped without any broken bones.
Detective Jeff Fischer of the LAPD said: ‘I can confirm Luke Wilson was driving the vehicle, the Toyota FJ that was travelling northbound. His vehicle just basically got clipped by the Ferrari.
‘Mr Bill Haas was the passenger in the Ferrari. Apparently, from what I was told, he’s doing OK too.’
He was in the area to participate in the PGA Tour:
World No 67 Haas was due to contest this week’s PGA Tour event, the Genesis Open, beginning on Thursday at the Riviera Country Club which is just a few miles from the scene of the crash.
Haas, 35, is a six-time winner on the PGA Tour. He is married to wife Julie and has three children William, Harrison and Nora.
Haas’ father, Jay, told Golf Channel reporter Todd Lewis that Bill has pain and swelling in his leg but suffered no broken bones. He is expected to make a full recovery and has been released from hospital.
‘Bill was very fortunate,’ Jay Haas told Golf Channel. He has now withdrawn from the Open and is heading home to Greenville, South Carolina.
According to the sports broadcaster, Gibello was friends with Haas’ swing coach, Billy Harmon, and was a well-known figure on the local sports circuit. He was said to be ‘instrumental’ in bringing the Walker Cup and U.S. Open to LA.
His manager has released a statement:
The PGA Tour and Bill Haas’ manager, Allen Hobbs of Players Group Management, said in a statement: ‘Last night in Pacific Palisades, California, Bill Haas was involved in a serious car accident in which the driver—a member of the family with whom Haas and his family were staying for the Genesis Open—was killed. While Bill escaped serious injuries and has been released from the hospital, he is understandably shaken up and—more importantly—his deepest condolences go out to the host family during this tragic and difficult time.’
‘Bill will withdraw from the Genesis Open and plans to head home to Greenville to recover. He appreciates the support of friends, family and the golf world as a whole, and he has asked for privacy as he processes what has happened.’
Someone captured footage at the scene, and it clearly shows the severity of the crash: