Tiger Woods suffers cuts in car crash

Star golfer hospitalized, released after Fla. accident

November 28, 2009|By Willoughby Mariano and Henry Pierson Curtis | Tribune Newspapers

ORLANDO, Fla. — — The wife of world No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods used one of his tools - a golf club - to smash open a window of his crashed SUV and then pulled him out of the damaged vehicle after an early-morning accident Friday outside their Isleworth mansion.

By the time a Windermere police officer arrived on the scene about 2:25 a.m., Elin Nordegren Woods had dragged her husband out of his 2009 Cadillac Escalade. He was lying on the ground, dazed and bleeding from his lips and with blood in his mouth, Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn said.

The crash knocked Tiger Woods, 33, completely unconscious for about six minutes, according to a call report compiled by the Orange County Sheriff's Office and obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. Bruhn said the golfer faded in and out of consciousness.

Woods had cuts on his lips and was bleeding in his mouth, the mayor said. Windermere officers administered first aid until medical personnel arrived.

After treatment at the scene, Woods was transported to Health Central Hospital in Ocoee in "serious" condition, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said.

In a statement on his Web site, Woods said he was treated and released from Health Central.

Woods' SUV received $5,000 to $8,000 worth of damage to the front bumper and grille, according to FHP. Its airbags did not deploy, which suggests the vehicle was traveling under 33 mph.

Troopers from FHP, which is investigating the crash, visited Woods' $2.4 million mansion Friday evening, Montes said. Elin Nordegren Woods told the troopers her husband was sleeping and asked that they return this morning.

Neither Woods nor his wife could be reached for comment. A woman who answered the door at the Woods' home declined to answer questions from the Orlando Sentinel.

A spokesman for Tiger Woods said he was released in "good" condition Friday. Troopers do not think alcohol was a factor in the crash. They do not know whether he was wearing a seat belt.

Woods was pulling out of his driveway and onto the 6300 block of Deacon Circle when his SUV smashed into a fire hydrant at the edge of his next-door neighbor's property and scuffed a tree, Montes said.

While the accident did not cause major property damage, "we do consider this a minor impact, but he suffered serious injuries," Montes said. The investigation is ongoing and charges might be pending.

FHP did not release information about the accident until 12 hours after it happened. Montes said that is not unusual because the accident was classified as minor.

Troopers and other officials did not say where Tiger Woods was going when the crash took place.

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