Details about the incident are still sketchy, but he’s probably the best known professional athlete in the world and it’s painfully slow news day:
Professional golfer Tiger Woods suffered “serious” injuries during a car crash near his Windermere, Fla., home early this morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol
The 33-year-old Woods was driving a 2009 Cadillac SUV alone when he hit a fire hydrant and then slammed into a tree on Deacon Circle at 2:25 a.m., according to police reports.
Woods was taken to Health Central Hospital in Ococee.
Investigators said alcohol was not involved, but they did not know yet what caused the crash.
Charges are pending.
Update (3:50 p.m.): Reuters is reporting that Mr. Woods has been released from the hospital:
Golfer Tiger Woods has been released from hospital after being injured in a car accident in Florida on Friday, a local Florida mayor told CNN.
Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn said he believed Woods had been released. “Basically it was facial lacerations, and as I’m understanding it, nothing that serious,” Bruhn said.
At this point we know very little about what actually happened all we have to go on is confusing and/or conflicting media reports and idle speculation on blogs and talk radio. Based on everything I’ve read so far I suspect this going to turn out to be much to do about very little.
It appears that contrary to early reports the accident and Mr. Woods injuries were fairly minor, time will tell, but I suspect this going to turn out to be nothing more than a minor traffic accident.
Update (6:50 p.m.): The following statement was released by Health Central Hospital and Tiger’s Woods’ office earlier this evening:
Tiger Woods was in a minor car accident outside his home last night.
He was admitted, treated and released today in good condition.
We appreciate very much everyone’s thoughts and well wishes.
- Report: Tiger Woods’ wife used golf club to free Tiger from crash – Orlando Sentinel