Wednesday, February 24

LA Times on Tiger Woods: 'A Bright Morning, a Bend in the Road, a Horrible Crash'

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IF YOU'VE BEEN FOLLOWING the Tiger Woods story, there may be nothing new here.

But I found this story in the Los Angeles Times (published Wednesday morning) to be a thorough recap of the single-vehicle crash, Tiger's injuries, and the apparently dangerous stretch of road where he lost control of his SUV and "rolled and rolled."

First, the injuries, which as the Times said in their headline, "cloud his future in golf":

Woods was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he underwent "a long surgical procedure" on his lower right leg and ankle, according to a statement the golf legend released on Twitter late Tuesday. Doctors had to insert a rod into his leg and placed screws into his foot and ankle, according to the statement, which described Woods as "awake, responsive and recovering."

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tiger is "lucky to be alive." He was wearing a seatbelt, and in combination with the other safety features in the Genesis GV80, it surely saved his life.

An ax and a prying tool were used to pull Woods out through the windshield of the crumpled vehicle.

Speed was apparently a factor in the accident.

Also of interest are the locals' descriptions of this "curvy, steep stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard" and the somewhat frequent incidents:

Donnie Nelson, a resident of Rolling Hills, said that stretch of Hawthorne is the site of dangerous accidents once or twice a year....

Nelson said he knows at least one person who was seriously injured by a garbage truck on the hill. The speed limit is 45 mph, but "cars fly by you here," he said....

[Bob] Fong knows how tricky the steep curves on Hawthorne Boulevard can be — so much so that near the crash site, there is a runoff lane for use in emergencies.

"It's a heavily trafficked area. There's accidents all the time," said Laureen Swing, a 15-year resident of Rancho Palos Verdes. "I think it's almost a dangerous stretch of road."

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