In the wake of the rollover crash that left pro golfer Tiger Woods with severe leg injuries, county Supervisor Janice Hahn Wednesday ordered a safety review of the stretch of road in Rancho Palos Verdes that has seen more than a dozen accidents in the past year.
“Traffic safety across Los Angeles County is a tremendous concern for me and my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors,” Hahn said in a statement. “The accident occurred along a stretch of roadway between two coastal communities: the cities of Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates. But the issue of traffic safety is one that affects the entire L.A. County region.”
County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters Wednesday that since January 2020, there have been 13 accidents at the location on Hawthorne Boulevard near Blackhorse Road where Woods’ crash occurred Tuesday, four of them resulting in injuries. He pointed to the downhill, curving nature of the northbound roadway.
“Even if you’re not accelerating, just by gravity alone you’re going to start going faster,” Villanueva said. “In fact, there’s a turnout for trucks and a warning about testing your brakes.”
Hahn directed the county’s Department of Public Works to “conduct a safety review of this section of roadway and to reach out to both cities with an offer of technical assistance and engineering support to make it safer for motorists, local community members and the general public.”