The section of road where Tiger Woods crashed a luxury SUV is reportedly an accident-prone danger zone – which features a runaway ramp to help drivers who have lost control.
The 45-year-old golf legend was traveling alone on the Hawthorne Boulevard and Blackhorse Roads of Rancho Palos Verids at 2021 Genesis GV80 on Tuesday morning at 7:12 am when he crashed and rolled over.
He applies a rod to his right leg and a screw and pin to the foot and ankle after surgeons recover at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
The accident occurred on a curvy, steep stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard, where truck drivers are warned to use lower gears while traveling downhill. LA Times reported.
According to TMZ, for reasons that are being investigated, Woods turned right at the top of the turn, stating that locals say it is very easy to catch speed in the area even without stepping on the gas pedal.
The stretch is so dangerous that it also has a runaway ramp made of thick gravel, which serves as a last-ditch safety net for drivers who need emergency slow-downs, TMZ reported.
Rolling Hills resident Donnie Nelson told the LA Times that one or two serious accidents occur every year on the road.
“Most of the time, trucks come down the hill and lose their brakes,” he said, adding that he knows at least one person, who was seriously injured by a garbage truck on the hill.
Nelson said that “you drive cars here” even though the posted speed limit is 45 mph.
67-year-old Bob Fong, who lives on nearby Blackhorse Road, said he saw police cars at the intersection Tuesday morning and thought “it must have been a big figure who crashed.”
Lauchen Swing, a 15-year-old resident of Rancho Palos Verids, who was walking her dog near the crash site on Tuesday, said she lives on the right side of the road when she drives there “because I just ask people I am afraid those who want to leave soon. . “
“They sometimes don’t use the turn signal when they switch lanes. I’ve almost found myself in an accident, trying to avoid another car biting me on that road. It’s very dangerous. , ”Swing told the LA Times.
Residents said the grade on hawthorn is very steep and it is easy to lose track of speed.
“You don’t know how fast you can get off. I’m not ticketed for speeding, just using the speed of the hill, and I was speeding,” the 54-year-old Rancho Palos Verids resident wrote the paper Told.
“If you’re not familiar with this area, it’s easy to just go early. I usually [avoid the Hawthorne Boulevard and Blackhorse Road intersection] Because people will drive the light, and I can take my left side, said the resident, who requested not to be named.