This past week, Tiger Woods was badly injured in a car accident outside of Los Angeles, which required emergency surgery. Two days after his injury, the world-renowned golf star was moved out of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Harbor UCLA’s Interim CEO and chief medical officer, Dr. Anish Mahajan, announced that they had Tiger Woods transferred over to Cedars-Sinai Medical center for continued recovery and orthopedic care.
The car accident left Woods with an open fracture in his right leg. His car, which completely rolled over as a result of the accident, was the only one in the area at the time and no one else was hurt.
Who Will Take Liability?
In other news, cities may now be liable for his crash, which took place on Hawthorne Blvd right next to the border of Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills in Southern California, just 15 miles west of Long Beach.
According to Los Angeles County, these two cities share the road’s jurisdiction. In a recent article from USA Today, a former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney said that there is a chance the two cities will be liable, as they knew about the dangerous portion of the road, tough failed to do anything about it.
On the day of the crash, Woods was on his way to the Rolling Hills Country Club to shoot a video with Justin Herbert and Drew Brees, two NFL quarterbacks. The day prior to the crash, he’d gone to a video shoot with NBA icon Dwayne Wade and actor David Spade.
At 45-years-old, Woods will likely have a long road to full recovery. It will be a while before he will be able to return to everyday life, meaning his golf career will be on hold for the foreseeable future.
The fractures from the accident sit on both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula. To stabilize the area, doctors had to insert a rod. To treat his foot and ankle, doctors used pins and screws after slicing the muscle to relieve swelling and pressure, which is a common way to protect trauma patients from infection.
Woods has dealt with a range of injuries since 2008, including his neck, shoulders, and knees. He has also had five back surgeries since that time.
Where Was The Crash?
The crash happened just after 7 a.m. on Tuesday as Woods was driving on North Hawthorne Blvd. The place where he crashed has been on the map for quite some time as a dangerous area with high accident frequencies due to the curve and slope. The road has a very steep incline for its speed limit of 45 mph.
His car, a Genesis GV80, flew past the center median into the opposite lane before rotating several times. Within the Genesis vehicle lies a unique Black Box, which officials hope will reveal any necessary crash details.
Alex Villanueva, LA County Sheriff, says that Woods was not under the influence by any means.
“This is an accident, not a crime,” says Villanueva.