Pro golfer Bill Haas was a victim in a major car crash in California that took the life of 71-year-old Mark Gibello, who was driving. Also involved was a car belonging to actor Luke Wilson.
Professional golfer Bill Haas, 35, was involved in a serious car crash that killed 71-year-old Mark Gibello. The accident, which occurred in the Pacific Palisades, California just before 6:30 p.m. last night, also involved actor Luke Wilson’s car.
Haas was injured in the fatal accident. His car’s driver, Gibello, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Haas, who has six career PGA wins and is currently ranked 67th in the world in the PGA Tour, was forced to withdraw from this week’s scheduled Genesis Open.
According to CBS Los Angeles, the accident was precipitated by Gibello, who was speeding in his Ferrari. As the Ferrari approached Chautauqua Boulevard, it impacted a BMW after swerving into oncoming traffic. The BMW flipped onto its side, with the Ferrari then hitting Luke Wilson’s northbound Toyota FJ SUV. The Ferrari finally impacted a concrete light pole.
The driver of the BMW, a 50-year-old woman, is injured and in serious condition. Luke Wilson was unhurt in the accident.
Police plan on reviewing surveillance video to help their investigation into the cause of the crash.
Allen Hobbs, Haas’ manager, released a statement this morning that confirmed that Gibello was “a member of the family with whom Haas and his family were staying for the Genesis Open.”
Mark Gibello served as the executive vice president and director at Trust Company of the West (TCW) asset management company from 1988 before returning in 2013. The Golf Channel explained that Gibello had a friendship with Haas’ swing coach, Billy Harmon. He also played a major role in bringing the 2017 Walker Cup and the forthcoming 2023 U.S. Open to Los Angeles Country Club.
Actor Luke Wilson, 46, is best known for his roles in major feature films such as Idiocracy, Old School, and The Royal Tenenbaums.
Bill Haas was treated at the hospital and is reported to be shaken up. Although he escaped serious injury, his father Jay did tell the Golf Channel that his son was suffering from some pain and swelling in his legs.
Haas will return to his home in Greenville, South Carolina in order to recover from the fatal car crash.
“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,” said a statement by the PGA Tour and Haas’ manager Allen Hobbs.