Golf icon Tiger Woods was driving a Genesis GV80 jeep on Monday when he was involved in a one-vehicle crash in Los Angeles, authorities and Genesis confirmed to FOX Business.
Woods “underwent a lengthy surgery on his lower right leg and ankle after being brought to the hospital,” according to a statement posted on his Twitter account. The vehicle suffered major damage.
“Genesis was saddened to learn that Tiger Woods had an accident in the GV80,”
Woods was in Los Angeles over the weekend to host the Genesis Invitational tournament at the Riviera Country Club, where he unveiled the trophy on Sunday.
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Genesis – the luxury brand of the Korean car manufacturer Hyundai – lent to the professional golfer SUV GV80 during his stay in the city. The winner of the tournament, Max Homa, also received a new Genesis GV80.
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The 2021 Genesis GV80 has a starting price of $ 48,900. The car features a 300-horsepower engine, a 14.5-inch horizontal center console touch screen and an eight-inch digital instrument panel. It has 10 airbags, a forward collision warning system, evasive control technology and an internal camera that warns drivers if they fall asleep.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told a news briefing on Tuesday that the vehicle’s protective characteristics may have saved the golfer’s life.
“The cab of the vehicle was more or less intact, the front end was completely destroyed – the bumpers, everything was destroyed, the airbags were deployed – all that,” he said. “However, fortunately, the interior was more or less intact, which gave him the pillow to survive, which would otherwise have been a fatal disaster.”
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Launched in 2021, the GV80 is Genesis’ first SUV and is equipped with “the world’s first Smart Cruise Control” that uses machine learning technology or artificial intelligence to “understand” individual driving styles, according to Genesis. ‘website.
The website notes that intelligent cruise control is for highway only and “is not a collision avoidance or warning device.”
The vehicle also has ‘Blind Collision Avoidance Assistance’, which warns drivers of other cars in their blind spot region; ‘Collision Avoidance Assistant’, which helps to detect slow or stopped vehicles as well as pedestrians in front of a driver; and a driver attention warning, which gives “visual or audible warnings” to the driver when the vehicle senses that the driver must “rest for safety reasons”.
The Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) has selected the Genesis G70 Sedan and G90 Sedan as two of its “Best Safety Recommendations for 2020”. IIHS has not yet reviewed the GV80, and Consumer Reports is currently doing so.
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Woods apparently traveled at high speed and lost control of the vehicle before crossing a central divider, anonymous law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times. Woods’ SUV reportedly rolled several times before stopping.
Sources added that Woods should be removed through the windshield of the car. The front end of the SUV looked badly damaged.
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Officials did not disclose the cause of the incident. An ambulance took Woods to a hospital in serious condition, and the traffic investigation is being conducted by LOMD Lomita Station.
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“Mr. Woods suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower limb that were treated during emergency surgery by orthopedic trauma specialists,” said Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer at Harbor Medical Center-UCLA, where the legendary golfer was treated after incident. statement shared on Twitter by Woods.
Mahajan’s statement continued: “The broken open fractures affecting both the upper and lower bones of the tibia and fibula were stabilized by placing a stick in the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. “Injury to the muscles and soft tissues of the leg requires surgical release of the muscle sheath to relieve pressure due to swelling.”
Lucas Manfredi of Fox News contributed to this report.