Haas not in­jured in fa­tal crash

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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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bill Haas won the FedEx Cup in 2011 and has made $28,897,333 in his play­ing ca­reer.

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