Tiger Woods seriously injured in car crash? Update: “Domestic issue”

posted at 3:24 pm on November 27, 2009 by Allahpundit

Not our usual fare, but he’s the most famous athlete in the world and this is the slowest non-holiday news day of the year, which makes it darned near obligatory. Besides, there’s already intrigue swirling around the circumstances: Pulling out of his own driveway at 2:30 a.m., he hits a fire hydrant and a tree — and yet, according to the cops, there was no booze involved. Hmmmmm:

Woods, 33, pulled out of his driveway in the Isleworth community about 2:25 a.m. when he struck a fire hydrant, and then drove into a tree at his neighbor’s property, FHP reported.

Woods was transported to Health Central Hospital in Ocoee in serious condition, FHP said. No other information about his condition has been released…

FHP said the airbags in Woods’ Cadillac Escalade did not deploy, which means the vehicle was traveling under 33 mph.

Is he really in serious condition? His agent claims he’s fine and WESH says only that he suffered facial lacerations — although, according to the FHP, unspecified charges are pending. Hmmmm again. Stand by for updates, but in the meantime, an exit question: How do you lose control of a car so badly while pulling out of your own driveway that you end up playing pinball with not one but two fixed objects?

Update: TMZ: “As for reports charges are pending, we’re told charges could range from DUI to reckless driving … to nothing.”

Update: The Sentinel now says he was released from the hospital early this morning, which is hard to square with the reports of him having been in serious condition. The cuts to his face must have been awfully nasty.

Update: Yet another update from the Sentinel suggests that this wasn’t quite as bad as advertised: “FHP spokesman Jorge Delahoz said patients’ conditions are always classified as ‘serious’ if they are transported to a hospital.”

Update: A neighbor tells TMZ that he looks fine.

Update: Commenters were speculating earlier that, given the hour, he might have left the house in a huff after arguing with his wife and pulled out of the driveway with the adrenaline pumping. Speculation confirmed.

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Nothing good is happening after midnight!

Dasher on November 27, 2009 at 3:26 PM

CBS said during Alabama/Auburn game that he was released from the hospital but that charges are pending.

El_Terrible on November 27, 2009 at 3:26 PM

You can bet Allahpundit is on the job ,furiously trying to connect this story with Sarah Palin.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 27, 2009 at 3:27 PM

You can bet Allahpundit is on the job ,furiously trying to connect this story with Sarah Palin.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 27, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Yep, me and Sullivan: Always looking for a way to smear Sarah. Why, just look at the job I did on her in the last post.

Allahpundit on November 27, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Marital dispute over alleged affair leads to hurried rush to leave before the wrath of the wife begins?

txag92 on November 27, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Uncontrolled anger. Ever get in a sand trap and just couldn’t get out, so you keep whacking away at the ball with rapid furious swings until you hit it out? Yeah, it was just like that.

ray on November 27, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Marital dispute over alleged affair leads to hurried rush to leave before the wrath of the wife begins?

txag92 on November 27, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Is this Hot Air or Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club?

thomasaur on November 27, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Drunk.

Knucklehead on November 27, 2009 at 3:30 PM

charges are pending.

If Fla. is like here in Va, then a ticket will be issued in a single car accident if airbags deploy. Some charge will be filed like reckless driving, speeding, etc. If alcohol was involved, they’d have already booked him on DUI.

Strange though, how do you pull out of a driveway, smash a hydrant and pingpong in to a tree.

Must have been one pissed-off Tiger there.

BacaDog on November 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Is this Hot Air or Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club?

thomasaur on November 27, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Like sands through an hour glass, these are the days of your life.

txag92 on November 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Is this Hot Air or Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club?

thomasaur on November 27, 2009 at 3:30 PM

No, just a typical AP posting about the lives of the rich and famous.

ray on November 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Coke. PCP. And there was a live chicken loose in the Escalade.

The Lone Platypus on November 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Is he really in serious condition? His agent claims he’s fine and WESH says only that he suffered facial lacerations — although, according to the FHP, unspecified charges are pending. Hmmmm again. Stand by for updates, but in the meantime, an exit question: How do you lose control of a car so badly while pulling out of your own driveway that you end up playing pinball with not one but two fixed objects?

Clearly drunk but there is a major cover-up about to happen. “How could we allow the golden boy to get charged with DUI? Think of the children!” I bet some people are going to make some nice money protecting everyone’s favorite role model.

Prediction: Obama will schedule another prime time event this week to drone on for an hour about how great Tiger Woods is.

RightWinged on November 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Asleep.

exception on November 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

2:25AM

?

Kini on November 27, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Yep, me and Sullivan: Always looking for a way to smear Sarah. Why, just look at the job I did on her in the last post.

Allahpundit on November 27, 2009 at 3:28 PM

I love ya, man. Just don’t mess with Sarah! Ha!

jimmy2shoes on November 27, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Yep, me and Sullivan: Always looking for a way to smear Sarah. Why, just look at the job I did on her in the last post.
Allahpundit on November 27, 2009 at 3:28 PM

You’re jumping to conclusions, AP.I’m not implying ‘smearing’ . It’s about connecting the two some way or another in some weird way to generate hits.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 27, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Coke. PCP. And there was a live chicken loose in the Escalade.

The Lone Platypus on November 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

LOL, at least it wasn’t a transvestite little person.

ray on November 27, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Turns out he had already left the driveway and was driving down the street. And the hospital said Woods was not a patient there, but did not confirm that he had been treated and released. So maybe the serious injury was not so serious.

hawksruleva on November 27, 2009 at 3:35 PM

He was headed over to Fuzzy Zoeller’s house for some fried chicken and collard greens.

Mark1971 on November 27, 2009 at 3:35 PM

How can we blame this on George W. Bush?

hawksruleva on November 27, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Some news agencies are saying he’s already–has been–out of the hospital.

Doesn’t sound serious at all. Pending charges could be just for reckless driving… maybe he was in a fight with the wife and was driving while angry. You could say he was tee’d off.

Enoxo on November 27, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Well if I was Tiger, I’d say I was sleep driving.

jhffmn on November 27, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Isleworth Public Works and neighbors acted stupidly by putting fire hydrant and tree there.

Caper29 on November 27, 2009 at 3:36 PM

He was trying to avoid the sand traps.

mechkiller_k on November 27, 2009 at 3:37 PM

“Some news agencies are saying he’s already–has been–out of the hospital.”
It’s possible he may have been transferred to another facility.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 27, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Is this Hot Air or Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club?

thomasaur on November 27, 2009 at 3:30 PM

The cheating on the wife was brought up when this thread was in Headlines-in the past few days there has been a lot of speculation about him fooling around with someone from “the party circuit”.

Del Dolemonte on November 27, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Allahpundit on November 27, 2009 at 3:28 PM

“What? 1 post out of 8 is positive! Whaddaya want from me??”

/sarc

cs89 on November 27, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Hope he’s OK.

Obviously, in case nobody else has already said it, this is the Bush’s Fault!

Weebork on November 27, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Maybe he was taking those strange sleeping pills that young Kennedy was taking when he got pulled over….

Aggie85 on November 27, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Maybe he wanted to be the first in line at Best Buy for Black Friday shopping.

mechkiller_k on November 27, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Well, the Obama angle doesn’t fly here. From what I have read about Tiger, the black community, at least those of the same ilk as Obama,don’t consider Tiger their poster boy. A lot more conservative than they would like.

sandee on November 27, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Actually, a flyer for a local Sarah Palin book signing event had been placed on his windshield and when he turned on the wipers to get it off, it stuck and obscured his vision, causing him to drive into the fire hydrant.

ray on November 27, 2009 at 3:40 PM

I was sooo ticked off at the XMrs once that I back over the dog!!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on November 27, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Let’s hop no drugs or alcohol were involved. Tiger was truly a role model for many kids, and I don’t want to see another one go down in flames.

ColumbusConservative on November 27, 2009 at 3:40 PM

A: AlcoholB: Medical Condition (such as diabetes)C: A hereto unknown allergy to turkey and cranberry sauce.\”A\” is most likely just going on what I know of human behavior. \”B\” is also a real possibility.\”C\” is a bit of a dark horse, but I\’m not ruling it out on the principle that truth is stranger then fiction.

Sackett on November 27, 2009 at 3:40 PM

He was trying to avoid the sand traps.

mechkiller_k on November 27, 2009 at 3:37 PM

He sliced it.

the_nile on November 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Only broke his leg and had to carry him around for 6 weeks while my kids kicked me!!!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on November 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

I wish Tiger well; he’s already beyond a legend at the ripe age of 33.

He prolly drank too much, whoch would not be surprising for a holiday evening.

rickyricardo on November 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

He was headed over to Fuzzy Zoeller’s house for some fried chicken and collard greens.

Mark1971 on November 27, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Fuzzy apologized personally to Tiger for that in 1997-Woods accepted the apology.

Del Dolemonte on November 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Very weird, if no alcohol or drugs are involved…

Just goes to show you that nothing good comes from doing anything at 2AM.

wildcat84 on November 27, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Let’s not jump to conclusions. Just because he is very good at what he does and he is a celebrity, does not mean that he is like a lot of the celebs. Of course, I could be wrong. Just ask my wife.

Johan Klaus on November 27, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Oops, when I say “Black Friday shopping” it is not to imply racism.

mechkiller_k on November 27, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Only broke his leg and had to carry him around for 6 weeks while my kids kicked me!!!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on November 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

I’ve seen you on Judge Judy.

Knucklehead on November 27, 2009 at 3:43 PM

John Daly over for few on Thanksgiving?

Caper29 on November 27, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Look out Tiger, I foresee another Photo-op for Obama.

try again later on November 27, 2009 at 3:43 PM

No, it’s Global Warming’s fault.

Although, since Global Warming is Bush’s fault… nevermind.

Tuning Spork on November 27, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Cadillac Escalade

I thought he only drove Buicks! LAIR LAIR PANTS ON FIRE!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on November 27, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Texting? I hope he is okay.

Cindy Munford on November 27, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Arnold Palmer is wanted for Questioning.

portlandon on November 27, 2009 at 3:44 PM

He was trying to avoid the sand traps.

mechkiller_k on November 27, 2009 at 3:37 PM
He sliced it.

the_nile on November 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

He definitely missed the fairway. -_*

thomasaur on November 27, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Just goes to show you that nothing good comes from doing anything at 2AM.

wildcat84 on November 27, 2009 at 3:42 PM

But, for the time being, we still live in a free country and can come and go as we please.

Johan Klaus on November 27, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Don’t know anything about golf but maybe he should have been putting instead of driving.

fourdeucer on November 27, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Pulling out of his own driveway at 2:30 a.m., he hits a fire hydrant and a tree — and yet, according to the cops, there was no booze involved.

Damn those midnight work crews installing fire hydrants and planting trees where you’d never expect them!

rcl on November 27, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Just goes to show you that nothing good comes from doing anything at 2AM.

wildcat84 on November 27, 2009 at 3:42 PM

My wife and I would like to dispute that statement.

thomasaur on November 27, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Weird. I’m picturing how fast I would have to tear out of my driveway in order to hit a fire hydrant and then a tree, hurting myself enough to go to the hospital. I’m thinking pretty fast.

Why would you not post such a strange event on a slow news day.

scalleywag on November 27, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Cadillac Escalade

I thought he only drove Buicks! LAIR LAIR PANTS ON FIRE!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on November 27, 2009 at 3:43 PM

It’s part of the PR campaign “Would never had happen if I drove my Buick.”

the_nile on November 27, 2009 at 3:48 PM

How do you lose control of a car so badly while pulling out of your own driveway that you end up playing pinball with not one but two fixed objects?

I’m guessing Tiger Woods has a really long driveway.

elcapt on November 27, 2009 at 3:51 PM

I heard that Tiger Woods died.

GW_SS-Delta on November 27, 2009 at 3:54 PM

2:25 a.m.?

I question the timing…

D2Boston on November 27, 2009 at 3:54 PM

One of his people has said that he only suffered facial lacerations and had been released. Fox News is still reporting the same story they announced an hour ago? I’m hoping their is some confusion about charges as well. Golf has been a truly good teaching moment for the kids that play it and I’d hate to see them disallusioned by something really crappy. Actually, I’d also hope the story about charges being filed is rumor also.

24K lady on November 27, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Maybe the cops will give him a mulligan.

I think he needs to try a different driver.

simkeith on November 27, 2009 at 3:56 PM

sleep-driving?

Conservative Voice on November 27, 2009 at 3:56 PM

I think he needs to try a different driver.

simkeith on November 27, 2009 at 3:56 PM

FTW

thomasaur on November 27, 2009 at 3:57 PM

I hope he is OK…

As far as speculation and the golf jokes, I’ll wait until the ‘hole’ story comes out.

Seven Percent Solution on November 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM

I think he needs to try a different driver.

simkeith on November 27, 2009 at 3:56 PM

And a new caddie.

the_nile on November 27, 2009 at 4:01 PM

ray on November 27, 2009 at 3:40 PM

We have a winner!

And BTW, today is “Friday of Color”

ya2daup on November 27, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Mechkiller_k at 3:42

Too late; your racism is already evidenced by the fact that you comment here on HA. Embrace your pc shortcomings like the rest of us.

johnny alpha on November 27, 2009 at 4:02 PM

This will be all papered over.

After all he is the second most famous Black person on the planet. And of the top two, the only one who appears to be sane.

But you don’t run over fire hydrants at your own home unless something strange is going on. It sounds like booze, but he might also have been in a rage about something or totally, uuh, “absorbed” in something other than his driving.

Were there other passengers in the car?

notagool on November 27, 2009 at 4:03 PM

FBI issued a statement saying no terrorism involved. Later FBI withdrew that statement realizing that he is not a muslim & no statement necessary.

Anita on November 27, 2009 at 4:04 PM

The Sentinel now says he was released from the hospital early this morning, which is hard to square with the reports of him having been in serious condition. The cuts to his face must have been awfully nasty

.
Or the reports were wrong… facial lacerations, even minor ones, can bleed like crazy which makes them look worse than they actually are.

My guess is this going to turn out to be much to do about very little.

jasetaro on November 27, 2009 at 4:05 PM

I’m guessing Tiger Woods has a really long driveway.

Is that the new slang for it? :)

mockmook on November 27, 2009 at 4:06 PM

I truly hope he’s allright. CBS Sports says the hospital will release a statement shortly.

TXUS on November 27, 2009 at 4:06 PM

And BTW, today is “Friday of Color”

ya2daup on November 27, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Heh!

jimmy2shoes on November 27, 2009 at 4:06 PM

This will be all papered over.

After all he is the second most famous Black person on the planet. And of the top two, the only one who appears to be sane.

You sir (or madam) are a nut.

SteveMG on November 27, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Elin Woods acted stupidly.

/barry

SoxNation on November 27, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Or the reports were wrong… facial lacerations, even minor ones, can bleed like crazy which makes them look worse than they actually are.

My guess is this going to turn out to be much to do about very little.

jasetaro on November 27, 2009 at 4:05 PM

True. Nick yourself shaving and you’ll bleed for what seems like eternity.

jimmy2shoes on November 27, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Not our usual fare, but he’s the most famous athlete in the world…

Are golf pros really considered athlete’s?

farright on November 27, 2009 at 4:08 PM

And a new caddie.

the_nile on November 27, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Brilliant!

ColumbusConservative on November 27, 2009 at 4:08 PM

*blink*

AnninCA on November 27, 2009 at 4:08 PM

He should drive a Toyota and then he could say his gas pedal stuck under the floor mat.

Seriously, who cares. He’s ok. Maybe he had a fight with his wife or maybe he had a few too many drinks.

Really, does it matter to anyone but Tiger and his family?

Lynn2008 on November 27, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Leaving home “alone” at 2:25am.

Hmm

jake-the-goose on November 27, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Leaving home (alone) at 2:25am

Hmm

jake-the-goose on November 27, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Lots of hospitals use “Good, Fair, Serious and Critical,” and initial reports are often unclear.

If he busted his face good, and was bleeding heavily, a “serious” report makes sense, at least until they are able to sew him up, do scans to check for head injury if indicated, etc.

In my experience, it’s much more likely to have a higher initial category downgraded later than the reverse. Lots of paramedics, docs etc. practice “better safe than sorry.”

cs89 on November 27, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Nothing good is happening after midnight!

Dasher on November 27, 2009 at 3:26 PM

An unadulterated falsehood.

Plenty of good is happening after midnight…

heheh

blatantblue on November 27, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Sounds like he had a fight with his hottie and left in a fury…

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Clocked a fire hydrant and the neighbor’s tree. No indication that he even made it to the street. Can you get a DUI if you’re not on the public roads? Charges are probably pending as they’re trying to sort that one out themselves.

Trainwreck on November 27, 2009 at 4:16 PM

This is not the Tiger I knew.

blatantblue on November 27, 2009 at 4:16 PM

This case is a great example of how the cable networks can’t report worth a damn. The hospital listed in the police report says Woods is not a patient. They have NOT said he was released from the hospital.

Florida state police lists the condition of any person taken to the hospital as “serious”. There’s a report that Woods suffered facial lacerations, but that could mean a minor cut on his cheek. Woods was not backing out of his driveway, as initial reports claim. Lastly, just because “charges are pending” doesn’t mean charges will be filed. It just means police are still trying to figure out exactly what happens, and if a crime has occurred.

hawksruleva on November 27, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Is he dying?

AnninCA on November 27, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Plenty of good is happening after midnight…

heheh

blatantblue on November 27, 2009 at 4:14 PM

After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang out.

hawksruleva on November 27, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Should have used a different “driver”.

trs on November 27, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Obama will be remembered, forever, by his bow to the emperor of Japan.

Gerald Ford…by his stumble…

The elder Bush by “read my lips”

Clinton by “it depends what is is” and “I had no sexual relations with that woman”

GWB…by “bring it on” and “mission accomplished”

Tiger will be remembered by a tango with a hydrant and a tree, around 2:00a.m.

Etc., etc.

Stupidity has no limits.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Is he dying?

AnninCA on November 27, 2009 at 4:18 PM

His agent says he’s “fine”

hawksruleva on November 27, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Bleeds Blue, Grow Fins and their chums are all having fun with this story over at Democrat Underground.

sample post hallucination:

BanTheGOP (328 posts) Fri Nov-27-09 03:28 PM

62. INVESTIGATE FULLY AND THOROUGHLY>>>IT’S DUI, DAMMIT!!!

Edited on Fri Nov-27-09 03:30 PM by BanTheGOP
Tiger Woods, the corporate whore of 6 continents, and PRESUMED REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL or other conservative/fascist political office, will BE ARRESTED AND CONVICTED OF DUI. We MUST KEEP ON TOP OF THIS AT ALL COSTS.

THIS MUST BE PRIORITIZED. We MUST ensure that this DUI destroys ANY chance that Woods EVEN THINK about representing the corporatized whores that engulf and control the republicans/fascist military industrial complex.

Del Dolemonte on November 27, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Rick James: “Cocaine is a hell of a drug!”

Tiger Woods: “Fer shizzle.”

(thanks Chappelle’s Show)

red winger on November 27, 2009 at 4:21 PM

After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang out.

hawksruleva on November 27, 2009 at 4:18 PM

All 10 inches of it!

blatantblue on November 27, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Del Dolemonte on November 27, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Are those typical posts of those places? Thanks for visiting so I don’t have to Del.

thomasaur on November 27, 2009 at 4:24 PM

All 10 inches of it!

blatantblue on November 27, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Spit that out, it’s not yours.

thomasaur on November 27, 2009 at 4:24 PM

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26394237/

Tiger Woods and Dubai

journeyintothewhirlwind on November 27, 2009 at 4:25 PM

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