Tiger Woods Crashes Genesis SUV in Catastrophic Accident

  • By Yoon Hyung-jun

    February 25, 2021 12:08

    Golf star Tiger Woods was seriously injured Tuesday when the Genesis SUV he was driving in Los Angeles rolled over and crashed.

    Woods had been taking part in the Genesis Invitational PGA Tournament over the weekend, and the Hyundai-owned automaker let Woods and other guests drive its cars.

    Woods' Genesis swerved into the opposite lane and crashed into a signpost and a tree before tumbling down a steep slope. Pictures of the catastrophic wreck were plastered all over the world's front pages.

    Sheriffs look over the damaged car of Tiger Woods in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday. /Reuters-Yonhap

    The Genesis SUV is equipped with sensors that are advertised as warning the driver when the vehicle encroaches on another lane and other safe-driving features. But the speed of the turn Woods took could have hindered the safe-driving features or Woods may not have heard the warnings if he was dozing behind the wheel.

    Police believe the airbags were deployed during the crash. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, "The front end was totally destroyed, the bumpers, everything totally destroyed, airbags deployed, all of that. 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."

    USA Today rubbed salt into the carmaker's wounds. "The Tiger Woods car crash thrust a little-known luxury car brand into the spotlight," it reported.

    "Genesis was saddened to learn that Tiger Woods had been in an accident in a GV80," Genesis spokesman Jarred Pellat said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Tiger and his family at this time."

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