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.