Pro Golfer Bill Haas Survives Chautauqua Car Collision, Driver Killed


One person was killed on Tuesday night after a Ferrari and SUV collided on the 500 block of Chautauqua Boulevard at around 6:30 p.m.

The male driver, 71, was pronounced dead on arrival, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The passenger of the Ferrari, later identified as professional golfer Bill Haas, was transported to a local hospital but has since been released.

The driver of the SUV was also transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

“I believe the cause [of death] was a high rate of speed and the individual lost control, colliding into several vehicles,” said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Haas later dropped out of the local golf tournament he was playing in.

In a statement issued by the PGA and Haas’ Players Group Management, the organizations 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.

“Bill will withdraw from the Genesis Open and plans to head home to Greenville to recover.  He appreciates the support of friends, family and the golf world as a whole, and he has asked for privacy as he processes what has happened.”

Actor Luke Wilson was also involved in the wreck with minor damage to his vehicle but was not injured.

Note: This story has been updated to reflect new information.