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Woods was conscious and “calm” after rolling his vehicle but was unaware of how severe his injuries were, according to Fox News.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Carlos Gonzalez said, “Mr. Woods seemed calm.”
“I don’t think he was aware of how gravely he was injured at the time. It could be a mixture of adrenaline. It could have been shock… I don’t know if he had time to fully assess his injuries.”
“I ask him, ‘Can you tell me your first name?’ He looked at me and said, ‘Tiger.’ It took me a half-second, but I saw his face and I thought, ‘Oh, yeah, you’re Tiger Woods.’”
Gonzalez made note that Woods seemed distressed and awaited the fire department to come and safely remove him from the wreck.
“Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia,” Dr. Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer and interim CEO of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center said.
“Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins.”
“That specific stretch of roadway is one of our trouble spots.”
“Our locals in Ranchos Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates know that it’s a hotspot for traffic collisions as well as speed. In my experience as a deputy … I have seen many collisions. The nature of his vehicle, the fact that he was wearing a seatbelt, I would say that it greatly increased the likelihood that it saved his life.”
“I’ve seen fatal traffic collisions so I will say that it is very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” Gonzalez said.
From Fox News:
While law enforcement did not rule out speed as a contributing factor, Gonzalez said the road where the crash took place is a “hotspot” for wrecks.