Driver facing charges in crash that injured PGA Tour player, former NHL player

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A suburban Columbus, Ohio, doctor is suspected of driving under the inflluence when the car he was driving crashed late Friday near Muirfield Village Golf Club, seriously injuring PGA Tour pro Bud Cauley and former Blue Jackets and U.S. Olympic defenseman James Wisniewski, according to the Dublin Police report released Tuesday (via the Columbus Dispatch).

The report indicates that David Crawford, 37, was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol after being given a field sobriety test and a Dublin spokesman said charges are pending, though he wouldn’t say what the charges were. A blood-alcohol test was conducted but the results are unknown, the Dispatch reported.

According to the crash report, Crawford, a surgeon from Upper Arlington, was driving a 2014 BMW when the car went off the right side of the road and hit a culvert before going airborne into a tree. After that, the car hit several smaller trees, crossed a driveway and came to rest in a ditch.

Cauley suffered a collapsed lung, five broken ribs and a broken lower left leg, his management firm, IMG, confirmed to multiple news outlets. Wisniewski suffered broken ribs and a fourth person in the car, identified for the first time as Thomas Alan Nichols, 24, also was injured.

Following surgery over the weekend, Cauley earlier this week said he was “so thankful to be alive.”

 

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World No. 1 Justin Thomas, who said he was staying with Wisniewski during the tournament and is close friends with Cauley, spoke on CBS about the accident after his round Sunday.

“It sucks. Both of those guys,” Thomas said of Cauley and Wisniewski. “One of your best friends [in Cauley] in a car accident and there’s nothing you can do, and nothing he can do. But he’s doing a lot better. I talked to Kolby [Tullier], our trainer, briefly and he said [Cauley] was in good spirits [Saturday] morning. He was laughing and talking, but it hurt him to do both. So we tried not to ask him too many questions or make too many jokes.”

According to a Dublin spokesman, police and EMTs were called at 11:04 p.m. ET and found “a severely damaged vehicle.” 

Cauley, who has two top 10 finishes this season, missed the cut earlier in the day at the Memorial after shooting 77-76. He was a passenger in the car.

The injury forced Cauley to withdraw from Monday’s U.S. Open qualifier in Memphis. He also missed the 2015 season following shoulder surgery.

There is no timetable for Cauley’s return.