FILE – In this June 6, 2016, file photo,Luke Wilson comes into the Season Premiere of “Roadies” in The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Golfer Bill Haas has been released from a hospital after a passenger in a car accident where one person dead and two wounded, police in Los Angeles said. The crash involved a Ferrari and a BMW in the Pacific Palisades district at 6.31 pm on Tuesday evening , Feb. 13, 2018, according to the Los Angeles Police department. A car that the LAPD said belonged to the actor Luke Wilson was hit by the Ferrari just before the crash. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)
Actor Luke Wilson played a real hero in the aftermath of a Los Angeles car accident that also involved golfer Bill Haas, a witness said Wednesday.
Wilson, whose 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 the 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 the Ferrari to accelerate, and to appear to lose control, with the back-end swinging into the oncoming traffic.
It hit the BMW, and cut 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 to the passenger side.
“They howl, they scream, they don’t really know what happened, and she was dangling in the passenger side,”Heirigs said. “Her leg was stuck.”
Wilson feared the smoke coming from her car meant that it could go up in flames, and devised a plan to free her, Heirigs said.
“We were able to get her leg stuck and then she came out and Luke was pulling her through the rear luggage compartment and then we both carried her to the curb. And this was all going on, while the Ferrari’s, the wheels are still spinning and blowing rubber and smoke everywhere and it is hard and you smell a lot of smoke and glass.”
Pro golfer Bill Haas.
The police are investigating whether speed was a factor in the crash.
A message seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned by a representative of Wilson, the 46-year-old Dallas-native and star of movies such as “Legally Blonde,” “Idiocracy” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.”
Neither Wilson, nor Heirigs was hurt. The wife of the BMW is in the hospital with serious injuries.
Haas, who has 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 recover.
The Ferrari driver, who died on the scene, Mark was William Gibello of the Pacific Palisades, the coroner said. Haas was at Gibello the family if he is willing to play this week in the Genesis Open at nearby Riviera Country Club, the golfer, the manager of Allen Hobbs said.
“While Bill escaped serious injuries and is discharged from the hospital, he is understandably shaken up, and — more importantly — his deepest condolences goes out to the family during this sad 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 of a Hare and a good friend of Gibello, said the two only met last Thursday. Harmon said Gibello was a member of the Los Angeles Country Club and was instrumental in the club at the Walker Cup last year and the us Open in 2023.
“Mark was one of my best friends,” Harmon said. “It is a big loss for me. I am glad that Bill is fine. It is just a very very sad story.”
He said that he was more concerned for Haas emotionally than physically.
“Even in the hospital, a friend of mine met him and he said that he was very upset,” Harmon said.
Haas is a six-time winner on the PGA Tour, of which the most prominent victory was 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 play-off 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 the golf coach at Wake Forest. And his great uncle, Bob Goalby, 1968 won the Masters.