Actor Luke Wilson was indirectly involved in a rollover crash in California that left the driver of a Ferrari dead and its passenger – pro golfer Bill Haas – injured, according to reports.
Wilson was driving north on Chautauqua Boulevard in Pacific Palisades about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when the Ferrari clipped his car and then collided with a BMW, KABC reported.
The driver of the Ferrari — identified as 71-year-old Mark Gibello – was pronounced dead at the scene, fire officials told KTLA.
Haas, 35, a six-time PGA Tour winner, was treated at a hospital and released, his manager Allen Hobbs said. The golfer has withdrawn from this week’s Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Hobbs added.
The driver of the BMW, a 50-year-old woman, was hospitalized with serious injuries. Her name has not been released.
Wilson, 46, who was driving a Toyota FJ SUV, was unhurt, officials said.
“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,” the PGA Tour and Hobbs said in a joint statement.
“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.”
Earlier Wednesday morning, Haas’ father, Jay, told the Golf Channel that Bill was released with no broken bones but some pain and swelling in his legs.
The elder Haas said his son is expected to make a full recovery at his home in Greenville, SC.
Gibello — who headed the TCW Asset Management Co. — was friends with Haas’ swing coach, Billy Harmon, and played a key role in bringing the 2017 Walker Cup and 2023 US Open to the Los Angeles Country Club, Golf Week reported.
LA police detective Jeff Fischer told KTLA that speed may have played a role in the crash and that police will use surveillance footage in their investigation.
Messages seeking comment sent to reps for Wilson — star of films including “Legally Blonde,” “Idiocracy” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” — were not immediately returned.
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SOURCE: Page Six – Yaron Steinbuch