Haas not injured in fatal crash
LOS ANGELES >> A 71-year-old man driving a Ferrari in Los Angeles was killed in a rollover crash that also involved professional golfer Bill Haas and actor Luke Wilson.
Haas was a passenger in the Ferrari and escaped serious injury while Wilson, who was driving a car clipped by the Ferrari, was not injured, officials said Wednesday.
The accident happened on a residential block in the wealthy Pacific Palisades neighborhood around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Los Angeles police officer James Stoughton.
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 and return home to South Carolina to recuperate, he said.
A woman driving a BMW that collided with the Ferrari was seriously injured, officials said.
Jay Haas, the golfer’s father, told Golf Channel that his son has pain and swelling in one of his legs.
“Bill was very fortunate,” 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. Haas played at the club on Sunday.
“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.
Police were investigating whether speed was a factor in the crash.
Bill Haas won the FedEx Cup in 2011 and has made $28,897,333 in his playing career.