I just heard on the radio that Tiger Woods has been injured in a car crash. From Fox News:
Golf great Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a car crash in Florida early Friday morning, authorities said.
Woods, 33, is in the hospital in very serious condition after a single-car crash at 2:25 a.m. in which he hit a fire hydrant and then a tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The wreck is under investigation and charges are pending, but it was not alcohol-related, the highway patrol said in its accident report. It wasn’t known if he was wearing a seatbelt.
Woods pulled out of his driveway in the Isleworth community when he struck the hydrant. He then plowed into the tree on his neighbor’s property. He was taken to Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Fla.
Woods was apparently traveling under 33 mph because the Cadillac Escalade’s airbags didn’t inflate, the FHP said.
I’m very sorry that he was injured, and of course hope for a speedy recovery. But there are a couple of things in the story that just don’t add up for me. Most likely its the case of bad reporting in the early hours of a story, but here they are:
One: If Tiger was traveling under 33 mph, how does he hit a fire hydrant AND THEN a tree?
Two: If no alcohol is involved and Tiger was traveling under 33 mph, how does hit hit a fire hydrant AND THEN a tree?
Three: How do you get seriously injured in a Cadillac Escalade traveling under 33 mph? Those things are tanks.
Four: Why why he leaving his house at 2:25 in the morning? I can see coming BACK to the house at 2:25. Was he out of milk for Sam? Was Elin having a craving? Doesn’t he have staff to handle that sort of thing?. If I had a billion dollars, you can be darn sure I’d have a Man Friday on call to fetch stuff.
Here’s hoping that it’s all just a case of media out of control, and that Tiger has nothing more than a little bump on the head as a result of being groggy while trying to fetch a gallon of milk.
Addendum. My Father-In-Law, the car engineer/designer (who has worked on GM’s airbag program) has clarified some things:
One: Air bags usually go off when the impact is over 15mph. You actually don’t want them going off at any lower speed. At lower speeds, you could get more seriously injured by the airbag than from the crash.
Two: A fire hydrant likely wouldn’t set off air bags. They’re too small. So he could have hit the fire hydrant at a MUCH higher speed than 33 mph. It’s also possible that the tree wouldn’t set off an airbag, especially if it hit a frame rail or side structure.
Three: There are a thousand different ways you can hit something without having the air bag go off.
Bottom line: He could have been going much faster than 33 mph.
Tiger’s agent says he is “fine”
Tiger was treated for “facial lacerations” and released.