California crash kills Ferrari driver, injures pro golfer Bill Haas and actor Luke Wilson


By Cindy Boren and Matt Bonesteel |The Washington Post

PGA Tour golfer Bill Haas was injured in a car crash Tuesday night near Riviera Country Club, site of this week’s Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, California. Haas was the passenger in a Ferrari driven by Mark Gibello, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash also involved actor Luke Wilson, who was not seriously injured.

Haas was released after a brief hospitalization and has withdrawn from the tournament, returning to his Greenville, South Carolina, home, according to a statement from the PGA Tour and Allen Hobbs, his manager.

“Last night in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Bill Haas was involved in a serious car accident in which the driver – a member of the family with whom Haas and his family were staying for the Genesis Open – was killed. While Bill escaped serious injuries and has been released from the hospital, he is understandably shaken up and – more importantly – his deepest condolences go out to the host family during this tragic and difficult time,” the statement said.

“Bill will withdraw from the Genesis Open and plans to head home to Greenville to recover. He appreciates the support of friends, family and the golf world as a whole and he has asked for privacy as he processes what happened.”

The accident, which occurred a few miles from Riviera, took place around 6:30 p.m. local time when the Ferrari clipped a Toyota SUV driven by Wilson in the 500 block of North Chautauqua Boulevard and collided with a BMW driven by a 50-year-old woman.

“I believe the cause [of the Ferrari driver’s death] was a high rate of speed and the individual lost control, colliding into several vehicles,” Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department told the Palisades Post.

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