Witness: Luke Wilson a 'hero' in deadly Los Angeles crashFebruary 15, 2018 3:43am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Luke Wilson played a real-life hero in the aftermath of a Los Angeles car crash that also involved golfer Bill Haas, a witness said Wednesday.

Wilson, whose own car was clipped in the three-vehicle accident, pulled a 50-year-old woman from the smoking wreckage of her BMW.

"He was the hero, he led the charge," said 46-year-old tattoo artist Sean Heirigs, who was right behind the accident.

Heirigs said he and his 14-year-old daughter saw the driver of Ferrari accelerate and appear to lose control, with the back end swinging into oncoming traffic.

It hit the BMW and clipped Wilson's car before running into a pole, he said. Heirigs told his daughter to call 911 and went to help the woman trapped in the BMW, which had flipped over onto the passenger side.

"She's crying, she's screaming, she doesn't really know what happened and she was dangling into the passenger side,"Heirigs said. "Her leg was stuck."

Wilson feared the smoke coming from her car meant it could go up in flames and devised a plan to free her, Heirigs said.

"We were able to get her leg out from being stuck and then she came out and Luke was pulling her through the back trunk area and then we both carried her to the curb. And this was all going on while the Ferrari's wheels are still spinning and blowing rubber and smoke everywhere and it's loud and you're smelling lots of smoke and there's glass."

Police were investigating whether speed was a factor in the crash.

A message seeking comment wasn't immediately returned by a representative for Wilson, the 46-year-old Dallas-native and star of films including "Legally Blonde," ''Idiocracy" and "The Royal Tenenbaums."

Neither Wilson nor Heirigs was hurt. The woman from the BMW is hospitalized with serious injuries.

Haas, who had been in the passenger seat of a Ferrari, had pain and swelling in his legs, but no broken bones and is returning home to South Carolina to recuperate.

The Ferrari's driver, who died at the scene, was Mark William Gibello of Pacific Palisades, the coroner said. Haas was staying with Gibello's family as he prepared to play this week in the Genesis Open at nearby Riviera Country Club, the golfer's manager Allen Hobbs said.

"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," Hobbs said in a statement. The 35-year-old Haas will withdraw from the Genesis Open, he said.

Bill Harmon, the swing coach for Haas and a close friend of Gibello, said the two only met last Thursday. Harmon said Gibello was a member at Los Angeles Country Club and was instrumental in the private club getting the Walker Cup last year and the U.S. Open in 2023.

"Mark was one of my best friends," Harmon said. "It's a great loss for me. I'm happy that Bill is fine. It's just a very, very sad story."

He said he was more concerned for Haas emotionally than physically.

"Even at the hospital, a friend of mine met him and said he was very distraught," Harmon said.

Haas is a six-time winner on the PGA Tour whose most prominent victory was at the Tour Championship in 2011, which enabled him to win the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus. His most famous shot was in a playoff at the Tour Championship, when his ball was partially submerged in a lake.

He comes from a prominent golfing family. His father won nine times on the PGA Tour and 18 times on the PGA Tour Champions. His uncle, Jerry Haas, briefly played on the PGA Tour and is the golf coach at Wake Forest. And his great uncle, Bob Goalby, won the 1968 Masters.

___

Associated Press Golf Writer Doug Ferguson contributed to this report.

___

Contact Weber at https://twitter.com/WeberCM .

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Woods shoots 69 and gives himself a chance at Honda Classic
A Secret Service officer checks a white passenger vehicle that struck a security barrier that guards the southwest entrance to the White House grounds off of 17th Street n Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
White House locked down after vehicle strikes barrier
Randle stars, Ball returns in Lakers' 124-102 win over MavsJulius Randle gets triple-double as Los Angeles Lakers beat Dallas Mavericks 124-102
This undated photo provided by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office in Newark, N.J., shows Marckles Alcius, a Massachusetts man who prosecutors say deliberately crashed a stolen bakery delivery truck into a Planned Parenthood clinic on Feb. 14, 2018, in East Orange, N.J., injuring three people including a pregnant woman. Alcius began researching locations of Planned Parenthood clinics more than a year earlier, prosecutors said Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Alcius, a Haitian national who is not a U.S. citizen but is believed to be in the country legally, faces charges including aggravated assault and attempting to cause widespread injury or damage. The New Jersey state attorney general's office will review the case to see if terrorism charges should be filed. (Essex County Prosecutor's Office via AP)
Authorities mull terror charges in Planned Parenthood crash
Parents of teens killed during 'Nerf wars' sue schoolAn Minnesota school district is being sued by the parents of two high school students killed in a 2015 car crash, who allege officials failed to protect the teens from a known danger called "Nerf wars"
Gillies, Backlund lead Flames to 5-1 win over AvalancheRookie Jon Gillies made 28 saves for his second straight victory, Mikael Backlund had a goal and two assists and the Calgary Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-1
AdChoices

Related Searches

Related Searches

AdChoices