Yesterday, we reported that golfing legend Tiger Woods had been in a serious car crash. Now, one of the first responders to the scene of the crash has come forward to give some chilling details about what went down.
Woods has been hospitalized with “non-life-threatening injuries” in the wake of the crash, which took place at the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes in California. L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez talked to the Today show about how Woods responded when he got to the crash scene. Though Woods did not say anything at first, Gonzalez said that he was able to say his name when asked.
“He seemed calm. He didn’t seem like he was in distress, and he was able to talk to me a little bit,” Gonzalez said. “I kept him talking. I asked him basic things to gauge his mental state like, ‘Do you know where you are right now? Do you know what day it is?’ Just to see if he was aware of what had occurred.”
“I’ve seen collisions that didn’t look as serious where the occupants were injured much more severely,” he added. “I think that’s just a testament to the fact that he was wearing a seatbelt, airbags worked as intended and modern vehicles are much more safe than they ever used to be.”
Woods’ doctor said that the 45-year-old golfer suffered “comminuted open fractures affecting the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones.” On top of that, he had “trauma to the muscle and soft tissue of the leg requiring the surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.” NBC News medical correspondent Dr. John Torres said that these injuries could have resulted in Woods losing his leg, had first responders and doctors not acted quickly.
“The big concern was amputation because if he doesn’t get that (relief of the muscle pressure) done quickly — by quickly I mean within an hour or so — he could be looking at an amputation of that leg,” Torres said, adding that it was clear from what the doctor said that the break-in Woods’ leg was severe.
“Comminuted basically means that that bone was broken in multiple parts, it was not just a clean fracture,” Torres said. “He had multiple fractures, so when they go in surgically, they have to repair all those pieces, piece them all back together, make sure it’s stable.”
Gonzalez also said that he found no signs of impairment at the crash scene.
“At the scene, we’re looking for evidence of intoxication like if there’s an odor of an alcoholic beverage or there’s an open container or prescription medication,” Gonzalez said. “At this time we didn’t see any evidence of impairment and anything beyond that in terms of the medical toxicology, I wouldn’t be aware at this time.
This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.
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