Updated, Feb. 15, 2018, 7:30 a.m. PT: Initial reports mentioned that Luke Wilson’s car was hit during a fatal crash on Tuesday, Feb. 13, but didn’t explain Wilson was actually a hero after helping a woman involved in the crash get out of her car. Witness Sean Heirigs told People magazine Wilson was one of the first people on scene after a Ferrari sideswiped his car and crashed into a BMW, killing the Ferrari’s driver, injuring its passenger and trapping a 50-year-old woman who was driving the BMW.
“She was crying for help. She obviously didn’t know what was going on. She was very distraught,” Heirigs said of the BMW’s driver, who was pinned in her car. He said Wilson was afraid the Ferrari would catch fire and suggested trying to free the woman from her vehicle.
“I reached in through a window to calm her down,” Heirigs said. “Luke went around the back, to the trunk of the car. We pried it open, she was able to unbuckle herself, and Luke started to pull her out from the back. We then both carried her to the curb.”
Throughout it all, Heirigs said, Wilson stayed calm and in control.
“He was calm. He was definitely a hero, [a] super nice guy,” he said.
Original story, published Feb. 14, 8:09 a.m. PT: On Tuesday, Feb. 13, actor Luke Wilson was indirectly involved in a car crash that killed one man and seriously injured several others according to police reports. Wilson was reportedly not injured in the crash, but another celebrity was.
Per the local police, Wilson was driving north on Chautauqua Boulevard in the Pacific Palisades in California when his SUV was sideswiped by a Ferrari driven by an unidentified man. PGA golfer Bill Haas was a passenger in the Ferrari. The Ferrari then collided with a BMW that was driven by an unidentified woman.
Wilson was not injured. The driver of the Ferrari was pronounced dead at the scene. Haas and the woman driving the BMW were both taken to a local hospital in serious condition. Haas has since been released but reportedly has pain and swelling in his legs.
Police still don’t know for sure what caused the crash. According to LAPD Detective Jeff Fisher, Haas is “doing OK” a day after the crash. He was in California to play in the Genesis Open, and in a statement released by his manager, he identified the man driving the Ferrari as a member of the family he was staying with during the tournament.
“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,” the statement read. “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 has not made any public statement since the accident.