LA sheriff: Tiger Woods was conscious after rollover crash
The Los Angeles County Sheriff gives an update on the crash involving Tiger Woods.
Yes. You'll handle you. Handle. All right, He's got it. You got it. Thank you, sir. Really? Good afternoon. I'm Joe Mendoza, captain of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. Thank you for coming to this press conference to discuss the traffic collision, which occurred this morning involving Eldrick Tiger Woods. Joining Sheriff Villanueva is Lomita Station Captain James Powers and other members of the executive command stuff. Also joining us here today is L. A County Fire Chief Daryl Osby. Now, I would like to introduce the sheriff of Los Angeles County, Alex Villanueva. Thank you, Captain Mendoza. Today at 7. 12 in the morning, Lameda Sheriff Station received a call of a solo vehicle collision in Harbor or Hawthorne Boulevard north of Palos Verdes Drive. We arrived on scene at 7:18 a.m. and discovered the solo vehicle collision and sole occupant was again Tiger Woods and, uh, deputies at the time, they did not see any evidence of impairment, anything. That of concern. Obviously the life setting measures that had to be taken for the occupant of the vehicle and Chief Osby will speak to that regard. And it was a solo vehicle. Unfortunately, during the course of the investigation of this. There was another traffic collision happened with people being lookie loos and but that thankfully, there was no injuries associated with that. The vehicle traveled several 100 ft from the center center divider at the intersection and rested on the on the west side of the road in the brush. Sustained major damage the vehicle. You've seen all the images of that. And with that are Lameda. Sheriff Station will be conducting the traffic investigation, and they will take from days of several weeks to get the whole thing together. Once the in the investigation is completed, we will provide a detailed report. It will be available, you know, based on Public Records Act request. And we will not discuss it any further after that point. But this point, I wanna introduce a Chief Daryl Osby, l A county Fire Department. Good afternoon. I'm Fire Chief Daryl Osby of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. And approximately 7. 22 this morning. Resource is from Los Angeles County. Forestation one oh six received a report of a solo vehicle accident at the intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and polish various drive north and Rolling Hills estates upon arrival of the scene of the incident with sheriff's unseen resource is and personnel from the Los Angeles County Fire Department observed a single roll over vehicle incident, with one person trapped, the person trapped. I was extricated by the Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel. Earlier, it was stated that the jaws of life was utilized to extricate the person trapped. It was later determined by our personnel that a hologram tube, which is used for prying and the X, was also used to pry the person free from the vehicle. The person was packaged at the incident in stable condition with serious injuries on because of the fact that they needed to be extricated, they were transported to harbor U. C L. A hospital because of the extrication and Harbor hospital is also a trauma center, as indicated earlier. There's also a second vehicle accident with no injuries. Thank you. All right. And the vehicle involved is a 2021. Genesis is a midsize SUV. But Espanola Sita does Adela manana in like a J. Hawthorne. Uh um well, North Pole intersection. The Palos Verdes Drive Cuban accident, Autumn elastico, the soul of equal on the vehicle Oh, Volchkova Various versus the Kaio Allah Soria's the Lado West Desa intersex young el loco Pantera L goalfest a tiger Woods. If weight is the extra extra removed Del Piccolo dances for transport. Otto Polo sombreros allow hospital general and in harbor s a look at the animals in espanol No evidence. Okay, you go. It's the alguna impedimenta. Low or embryo, I guess. DeLuna form a line investigation survive served the h o por aqui por los detectives Investigate those. A seed into the trafico is the monetary report. The and the Venus de es a una Semana aside reported completely will start this peninsula this first case of sakauye. So let me switch now to a Q and a English or Spanish. Good afternoon, whether all right, did you explain a little bit? Been there was no evidence. Anything more specific about that? Mentioned that life saving ever Yeah, more specifically. Well, if the deputies arrived on scene, there's a vehicle has rolled over. There's someone inside the vehicle. They can't remove them. Obviously, that Z we'll leave it at that. He was he was alive and he was conscious, and that's the extent of that. There was no evidence of impairment. So subsequent to that, we're not gonna make any. Uh, there was no effort to draw blood, for example, at the hospital. No evidence of impairment at this point in time. But I'll let Chief Cosby good morning. Victor was conscious when you got there. Did he say anything to the paramedics who arrived? And could you tell us a little bit more if we didn't use the jaws of life? How exactly did that extrication process take place? Okay, the information I got back from my personnel and the things that they do is they would have seen assessment. It was brought to my attention that he was conscious. Now exactly what was said is unknown, but he was conscious. Our personnel make an assessment to make a determination, their level of consciousness, make sure that they're breathing, uh, control any, uh, serious bleeding and then control and address any serious injuries. It was brought to my attention that he had a serious leg injuries and that was assessed at the incident. Um, the jaws of life are used as part of the package to extricate people that are trapped in vehicles, but it was later determined and brought to the attention that the jaws of life we're not used to extricate. Tiger Woods. We used a holiday in two, which is a to use for prying, and we also used an ax, uh, to pry him from the vehicle. He was taken from the vehicle with seek a collar and backboard for spinal precautions. Hey, was had the proper splints because of the nature of the Internet being a solar vehicle rollover and the fact that it required in education that met trauma center criteria. The nearest trauma center to the areas harbor used only hospital, where he was transported in serious but stable condition. Which leg? That I do not know. I was my understanding that it serious injuries to both lakes Chief. This was his decision to go to Harvard, UCLA or you took him to the closest emergency room, given his condition at the time, was that severe? That's that was the determination of for it to be transported was made by the paramedics and the captain unseen. The reason that Tiger Woods was transported to harbor uh, Arbor you selling hospital is because it's a trauma center criteria because of the nature of the incident. It was a solo roller vehicle and the damage to the vehicle, and then it also required him to be extricated. That's one of the criteria that meets trauma center criteria. Therefore, he was transported to the nearest trauma center, which is harbor usually hospital injuries, anywhere other than his legs. And were any of those It was my interest. He was not airlifted. There were no other life life endangering entries. To my knowledge. Question if you would, I don't until any indication, even the time English. Walter Bigger the baby, do you? Well, the time it made it cross the center divider to the point that arrested with several several 100 ft away. So obviously that indicates they were going at a relatively a greater speed than the normal. However, because it is downhill, it's slopes, and it also the curves. That area has a high frequency of of accidents is not uncommon. Great. No, no skid marks, no breaking. So apparently the first contact was with the center median and from there, then cross into the opposing lane of traffic, hit the curve, hit a tree, and there was several rollovers during that process that they're gonna have to figure that one out. That's why the traffic investors would make the big bucks that they make about this condition now, are you? We've reached out. We've been in touch with his manager, and they didn't want to release anything on his condition. Right Now that he's out of surgery, all we know that a serious condition as a result of the accident. And that's about all they want to say. Looking weather is a factor in this accident. Sheriff. Weather is not a factor. Sure. Car. How long was that? Well, we arrived on scene at 7. 18. They were notified within four minutes. And what? We got the call from the Sheriff Department approximately 7. 22 this morning. Our resource is arrived on scene at approximately 7. 28. I don't have the information right now in relation to how long it took to extricate him from the vehicle. No, listen, opening my my, we had a neighbor called called 911 That's how the call was received at the station. No evidence of apparent this time. There will be subject of the investigation. Well, we're looking at signs of influence under the influence of either narcotics medication, alcohol, odor of alcohol, all these different things that would give you a new idea and their behavior. But there was no none. Present. Sleep that now we're going beyond what? We have a time. So that will take. The investigators will have to figure that one out. Fox, that reports that information. Cars going here. Wait. Let they did this vehicle. Get it? The investigators will be ableto if they have it, they'll be able to have that download it. And that will give us a good idea following now they were aware of you said that he was conscious, conscious, actually busy communicate how much pain he was in, Whether or not it was able to keep. He was able to communicate and he was conscious. I'll leave it at that, I think. La velocidad No sabemos quanta. Espero air considerably, Sagon. El pronto Partida on the Crusoe. The part in Indiana Al Qaeda is on the Kaio. A lot of Vlado Aaron Vario Cientos. The P S E o b a Mente. Susana velocidad accelerant IQ se necesita para career as a distancia. Sheriff, you know are you in a court stop. Cuesta Abajo limits my best power before nine. Well, we got the call at 7 12, and that came from the neighbors, so we have to assume it. They made that call almost immediately as soon as it happened, because the neighbors, they're sitting right within 50 ft of the location. So if they didn't see it, they heard it because it's really happened right at their at their doorstep. This is a courtesy car. He was driving a car. That is correct. It is impossible that was on the phone when this accident occurred. Or is this one of the factors that that's something we'll have to explore? The investigators will have to ascertain that if it was distracted driving. Are you thinking my father acts in a special tour as it pertains to the vehicle as articulated earlier? It was a roll over accident, and so Tiger was was was trapped inside the vehicle. So our firefighters are firefighter. Paramedics used the pry bar. They called Halligan, too, and it acts to pry parts of vehicle away from him, so they were able to safely extricate him from the vehicle. At what point did you realize, Tiger? Thanks. They recognized him and he identified himself as well. You say no blood was drawn in? No, we don't have that capability. Nor do we want it. The accident crime scene has taken a long time. It's been It's been there now for several hours. Just moving the car. Now, is there a reason so much time has been taken at this crime scene? Are there certain factors you're looking at? A certain pieces of evidence you're hoping to find? Or is it simply the fact that this is Tiger Woods on? This is the way we're gonna handle. Well, any serious accidents of this nature is gonna take time. It usually takes hours and removing the vehicles. One of the last steps and they've done all their markers, took it out, their measurements, gathered up all the stuff and then three or four hours is pretty normal. Actually, the celebrity component is not playing. I don't think that will play a factor in it in the neighborhood. Hello. Like taking on like making right? No, they did not. Now there's a bluff there, sitting about 20 ft above the place where the vehicle came to rest share stand after he was taken out with cable, I think. Never. What's that on? He was not able to get up. No. Doesn't have an option. Tiger Woods ask you to contact anyone for him? Did he ask you to contact a specific member of his family or specific member of his team that was here for the golf tournament later at the hospital? He did, but not at the scene. I'm sorry, sir. Can you clarify? He didn't have the hospital, but not at the scene. Contact? Yes, a member of his family. Who was it? A member of his team. Uh huh. If I got because car Well, the interior, the cabinet of the vehicles, Mawr or less intact. The front end was totally destroyed. The bumpers, everything was destroyed. Airbags deployed all of that. And however, thankfully, the interior was more or less intact. Which kind of gave him the cushion to survive. What otherwise would have been a fatal crash? Yes. See? But God, maybe this is when we hear the bar casero. No, no, Stop. In the end, the star telephone or just oh s s condition is assessed. Esto Couric amassed frequency The normal s Logan in particular por la Jolla. Ebola, Cuba. Uh, no, no. Where did he give any indication of where he was coming from Heading to? Well, he was. Definitely was heading north Bone on the hawthorn. Yes. Everybody has a vehicle. A staff of the straw asado. Por el exterior peril. Interior like a Venus Tom. A massive, menacing taco. Yes. Super mediocre. Also, Rivera s access accident. Terrific. Oh, De Niro, Derrida's. And as those piranhas Arida. Serious pairing up with this in Moscow. So eso this is printed. Carlos Medicals. How's that rolling? Hi. Uh, that he actually struck the first one going north bound. And that was on the center median. That was one of the first thing that made contact with Where do we know where? Um, not to my knowledge. No. There's some reports that he was earlier in the day. Those that'll be up, the traffic investigators and the relevancy. Any more questions? Yeah, well, like every accent in that area when his downhill on a curve. Um, you know the speed. The vehicle code 22 3 50 says unsafe speed for driving conditions typically at an accident when there's it's a factor that is one of the sections that decided, and sometimes just because that's supposed speed limit. If there's a wet road, for example, that doesn't mean your speed limits fixed there. You actually have to slow down even lower than that for the conditions of the road. So downhill on a curve is something that it's a lesson for everyone. You've got to be aware of this. You just wait the guys, because I know you'd answer the question Clarity now be, we think from understand. The first thing was when he made contact with center media and it would be the welcome toe Rolling Hills Estates sign. Sure, if you took and that's in the center median. There's actually two signs he hit the first one, the Southern, most of those two signs, and then he winds up going across south bound lanes into the brush on the other side. Yes, there's a tree about eight inch stump, and that one was shared. Sure, you talked about the fact that he was communicated. Can you describe to us his pain threshold a time. This is a man who has to be rushed into surgery today, and his legs were damaged. Was he and Shaq? Was he in tears? Was he an excruciating pain? How can you describe his reaction? I would leave that up to achieve Osby on that one. Generic question. Yeah, once again. Daryl Osby, Fire Chief Los Angeles County Fire Department. I can't respond to the specifics of Tiger Woods. I mean, some of those of questions are personal. Need to be released from him or whomever's representing him. The only thing I can tell you from my experience of working and public safety for the past almost four decades that anytime you're involved in a single vehicle accident like this with roll over and that level of damage and broken legs and lacerations that you're gonna be in severe pain. What was your concern then, Chief? When he was injured and you're transporting, how concerned were those paramedics to get him to the hospital in a certain amount of time? The fact of the matter is that he was a serious condition, but he was stable enough to transport to a trauma center. If the injuries were more dramatic and they couldn't control in airway, then they would have transported him to the nearest facility. But the fact that he was able to it was stable enough to be transported to hospital further away, which was the most appropriate hospital be transported for because of the nature of the injuries. The nature of the incident says that it was a very serious injury. He met, uh, trauma center criteria. But it wasn't so serious that he needed to be transferred to the nearest hospital for immediate life saving saving procedures. L. A county. Hi. That he was able ready idea that I cannot respond to that statement. I don't know. Well, that promise. Now it's my understanding that he stood at the harbor General. Excuse me, Harbor. You sell the hospital and no state has been allowed for released yet to be released yet. Actually, before Deputy, Gonzalez was actually the first deputy on scene so he could perhaps clarify some of the questions you may have. Good afternoon. I'm Deputy Gonzales and assigned to Lameda Sheriff Station on the handling Deputy Carlos Gonzalez. I was the first unit on scene and I'm the handling deputy for the for this current traffic collision. I think question of l A county fire that that able to play any? Yeah, Unfortunately, Mr Woods was not able to stand under his own power. Our partners at L. A county fire were ableto extricate him from the vehicle, and they put him onto a backboard. When I arrived on scene, Mr Woods was seated in the driver's seat. I made contact with him, and I ensured that he was able to speak to me at that time. He it seemed that as as though he was still calm and lucid, I made the determination that would be safer to wait for L A county fire to help remove him instead of trying to remove him myself. Um, I kept Mr Woods calm until L. A county fire arrived on scene E. I spoke to him, you know, ask conversation E. I asked him what his name was. Hey, told me his name was Tiger. At that moment, I immediately recognized him. Um, I asked him if he knew where he was. Um what time of day? Just to make sure he was oriented. Um, he seemed as though he was lucid, and, uh, and calm was concerned about his injuries. He didn't seem concerned of his injuries at the time, um, which is not uncommon in traffic collisions. Many times, people tend to be in shock. Um, it's a traumatic experience, So it's not uncommon for people to be focused on unimportant things or even if they are in pain, they might not feel until much later. Yes, my body camera was used per department policy deputy in the photos of the air bags there. There's blood. We're trying to figure out everything that we're seeing. Did you see any injuries Where others the legs as you were just assessing him upon? Um, I did observe injuries I can't speak into. As to the nature of the injuries, I'm not a trained medical professional, so I can't speak to that. What I can say is that he was injured, and, um, he was successfully removed and taken to the hospital. He was wearing a seat belt race. If he did, I was not able to see them do. It was clothing. You've seen a lot of car, right? You think this type of car safe thinking like, as mentioned by the sheriff, that specific stretch of roadway is one of our trouble spots? Are locals and Rancho Palos Verdes in Rolling Hills Estates. No, that it's a hot spot for traffic collisions as well. A speed, Um, in my experience as a deputy who is traffic trained and worked traffic car. I've seen many collisions, the nature of his vehicle, the fact that he was wearing a seat belt. I would say that it greatly increased the likelihood that it saved his life. E I will say no because I've been doing this for a while and I've seen fatal traffic collisions. So I will say that it's very fortunate that Mr Woods, um, was able Thio come out of this life because this is an accident prone stretch. Correct. We've seen a number of accidents on this specific stretch. Is that correct? This stretch of roadway is downhill. It's sweeping, um, speeds there. The speed limit is 45 MPH. Myself. When I'm doing speed enforcement, I will sometimes catch people going 80 plus MPH. So it's It's more of a thing that this, you know, people, uh, see a nice stretch of road, and maybe they're not watching the speedometer or, you know, maybe they're they're in a hurry you're in your conversations with Tiger. Were you ever concerned in the time that you spent with that of his pain threshold or that he was going to lose consciousness? At the moment that I spoke to Mr Woods, I was able to determine that it would have been safer for me to wait for L. A County fire because his condition seemed stable. And I did not want to risk further injuring him by trying to remove him myself. Life. So the neighbor that lives behind heard that collision and came down and was the one that directed me to the vehicle. Aziz was indicated by the sheriff. There was another unrelated traffic collision that occurred several feet down the roadway, which I believe was due to people trying to look on, but also kind of distracted from what was occurring because he was several feet off the roadway. So I think most of the attention that people were focused on was on the roadway. Everything they need. What? Yeah, as indicated by the sheriff. The interior passenger compartment of the vehicle was intact. Um, the airbags did have deployed successfully again. He was wearing his seat belt. I think this, uh, this also kind of speaks to the marvel of modern automobiles and that they're much safer than they've ever been previously. E Well, we don't know that at this time. I think that c the equals Pregunta. Okay, Si Cuando um, medical control vehicle. Uh, senior qualities in number, but versi see political conmigo. Medicals numbers Candler Laurie carnesi Onda za tempo this'll a decision Serial AmeriCorps um decision. The esperar bambara cigar para poder Sokolove vehicle perkiness city Impose who say there's no seven tin serious case. Minnesota important parapsychologist momento here is guard possibly meant Daniel Llamas. No, Cuando Los Angeles bone marrow Lopez Iran internal structure E Celaya. Borrow security. See to disagree that their security area eso No, no, no. Said attorney profession and medical intention. Apollo large. Serena's? Yeah, um, there's no problem, right? This is This is as soon as soon. Okay. Is more common. Where Carlos gave Kevin in excess of the value of that service. Thank you. Thank you all for coming. This concludes our press conference. E Yes, We're ready, Chief. Good to see you. E Need a mic for Chief Osby. A great trying to best leaders. Let's do it. Okay. And freedom. Everyone like this