PGA Tour player Bill Haas was the passenger in a Ferrari that was involved in a rollover crash Tuesday night in Pacific Palisades, Calif., in which the driver of the vehicle was killed, according to multiple reports.
The PGA Tour released the following statement regarding the accident Wednesday morning:
Last night in Pacific Palisades, California, 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.
Bill will withdraw from the Genesis Open and plans to head home to Greenville (S.C.) 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 has happened.
The driver, 71-year-old Mark Gibello, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to several reports.
Haas, 35, was released from the hospital, and his father, PGA Tour Champions player Jay Haas, said Bill has pain and swelling in his leg but suffered no broken bones, according to a GolfChannel.com report.
Reports citing law-enforcement sources said the accident involved multiple vehicles but the two primary cars were Gibello’s Ferrari and a BMW driven by an unidentified woman who was taken to a local hospital and was in serious condition. The reports also said an SUV driven by actor Luke Wilson was clipped in the accident but the actor sustained no injuries.
VIDEO: Local news station KTLA 5 reported live from the scene: