Golfer Bill Haas and Luke Wilson in LA crash

  • The crash occurred in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood at 6.31pm on Tuesday evening
  • The 71-year-old male driver of the Ferrari was pronounced dead at the scene while his passenger, pro-golfer Bill Haas, 35, was injured and hospitalized
  • Police said the Ferrari had been travelling at speed before the crash
  • Haas' agent said the driver was Mark Gibello, who was hosting Haas and his family during the Genesis Open which is taking place close to the scene of the crash 
  • The sports car collided with Luke Wilson's SUV, a BMW and another car
  • LAPD said Wilson was in the car but escaped the crash uninjured.
  • The unnamed 50-year-old woman driving the BMW was also taken to hospital

By Dailymail.com Reporters

Published: 06:53 EST, 14 February 2018 | Updated: 09:36 EST, 14 February 2018

Golfer Bill Haas and actor Luke Wilson have been involved in a fiery pile-up in LA which left one person dead.

Haas, 35, was 'seriously injured' in the crash, according to KTLA, while Legally Blonde star Wilson, 46, escaped unharmed.

The crash involved a Ferrari, a BMW and two other cars in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood at 6.31pm on Tuesday evening (2.31am GMT on Wednesday).

Haas, who had been practicing for a golf tournament nearby, was a passenger in the Ferrari which police said was 'travelling at speed'. The 71-year-old male driver of the sports car, Mark Gibello, was hosting Haas at his nearby family home for the golf competition. He died at the scene of the accident.

Legally Blonde star Wilson's car was 'clipped' as a result of the crash and he escaped uninjured. An unidentified 50-year-old woman who was driving the BMW has also been taken to hospital. 

'I believe the cause [of the Ferrari driver’s death] was a high rate of speed and the individual lost control, colliding into several vehicles,' Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department told the Palisades Post.

Pro golfer Bill Haas was a passenger in a Ferrari involved in a deadly collision in LA on Tuesday evening, pictured. The driver of the Ferrari has died as a result of the accident
Pro golfer Bill Haas was a passenger in a Ferrari involved in a deadly collision in LA on Tuesday evening, pictured. The driver of the Ferrari has died as a result of the accident

Pro golfer Bill Haas was a passenger in a Ferrari involved in a deadly collision in LA on Tuesday evening, pictured. The driver of the Ferrari has died as a result of the accident

A victim is pictured being taken to hospital from the scene of the deadly collision
A victim is pictured being taken to hospital from the scene of the deadly collision

A victim is pictured being taken to hospital from the scene of the deadly collision

The mangled wreckage of the sports car was photographed at the scene of the crash on Tuesday
The mangled wreckage of the sports car was photographed at the scene of the crash on Tuesday

The mangled wreckage of the sports car was photographed at the scene of the crash on Tuesday

A BMW and two other cars was hit in the crash which cops attributed to the speed of the Ferrari  
A BMW and two other cars was hit in the crash which cops attributed to the speed of the Ferrari  

A BMW and two other cars was hit in the crash which cops attributed to the speed of the Ferrari  

The crash took place in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood at 6.31pm on Tuesday evening. 
The crash took place in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood at 6.31pm on Tuesday evening. 

The crash took place in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood at 6.31pm on Tuesday evening. 

Four cars were involved in the collision. The Ferrari is believed to have clipped Luke Wilson's Toyota FJ SUV which was traveling northbound, police told KTLA. It then collided with the BMW before flipping multiple times. Another vehicle suffered minor damage.

Haas and the unnamed female victim were reported to have been 'seriously injured at the scene' but police later said the pro-golfer, who is ranked 67 in the world, is doing well. Haas's relatives later said he suffered leg injuries but miraculously escaped without any broken bones.

Detective Jeff Fischer of the LAPD said: 'I can confirm Luke Wilson was driving the vehicle, the Toyota FJ that was travelling northbound. His vehicle just basically got clipped by the Ferrari.

'Mr Bill Haas was the passenger in the Ferrari. Apparently, from what I was told, he's doing OK too.'

World No 67 Haas was due to contest this week's PGA Tour event, the Genesis Open, beginning on Thursday at the Riviera Country Club which is just a few miles from the scene of the crash.

Haas, 35, is a six-time winner on the PGA Tour.  He is married to wife Julie and has three children William, Harrison and Nora. 

Haas’ father, Jay, told Golf Channel reporter Todd Lewis that Bill has pain and swelling in his leg but suffered no broken bones. He is expected to make a full recovery and has been released from hospital.

'Bill was very fortunate,' Jay Haas told Golf Channel. He has now withdrawn from the Open and is heading home to Greenville, South Carolina.   

According to the sports broadcaster, Gibello was friends with Haas’ swing coach, Billy Harmon, and was a well-known figure on the local sports circuit. He was said to be 'instrumental' in bringing the Walker Cup and U.S. Open  to LA.

Golfer Haas, ranked at 67 in the world, was scheduled to compete at the nearby Genesis Open this week
Golfer Haas, ranked at 67 in the world, was scheduled to compete at the nearby Genesis Open this week
Hollywood actor Wilson, pictured at the Casting Society Awards in America in January 
Hollywood actor Wilson, pictured at the Casting Society Awards in America in January 

Golfer Haas, left, who is ranked 67th in the world was in the area preparing for Genesis Open this week, while Luke Wilson, right, was also reportedly involved in the pile-up

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Firefighters rushed to the scene of the crash and helped the injured Haas to safety. The driver was killed at the scene
Firefighters rushed to the scene of the crash and helped the injured Haas to safety. The driver was killed at the scene

Firefighters rushed to the scene of the crash and helped the injured Haas to safety. The driver was killed at the scene

A BMW was badly damaged in the crash and two other vehicles - including Luke Wilson's car - were damaged 
A BMW was badly damaged in the crash and two other vehicles - including Luke Wilson's car - were damaged 

A BMW was badly damaged in the crash and two other vehicles - including Luke Wilson's car - were damaged 

The PGA Tour and Bill Haas' manager, Allen Hobbs of Players Group Management, said in a statement: '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. 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.'

Wilson made his name as a comedy actor in hits including The Royal Tenenbaums and Anchorman. His brother Owen is also a Hollywood star. 

One of his most notably recent roles was as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the 2015 drama, Concussion, starring Will Smith, which charted the league's battle to supress research on CTE amongst players.

Last year the Wilson brothers lost their father, Robert 'Bob' Wilson to Alzheimer's at age 75 after a long battle with the disease.

A legendary figure in Texan television, he was credited with bringing Monty Python's Flying Circus to the United States. The star was last known to be in a long-term relationship with former basketball star Meg Simpson. They dated from 2008 to 2014. Wilson has also been linked to Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow in past.

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