LOS ANGELES — The serious rollover crash that injured standout professional golfer Tiger Woods was an accident, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff, Alex Villanueva. He expects no criminal charges to be filed against Woods in relation to the wreck, also announcing no evidence of impairment from Woods.
“We do not contemplate any charges whatsoever in this crash.” Villanueva said in a press conference Wednesday.
“An accident is not a crime.” he added.
On Tuesday, the 45-year-old golf legend crashed his Genesis GV80 on Hawthorne Boulevard shortly after 7 A.M in Rancho Palos Verdes. Villanueva said Woods’ vehicle jumped a median and crossed two lanes of road before hitting a curb, hitting a tree, and rolling over in the dirt. Woods was originally in LA to host the Genesis Invitational and to film multiple videos for Golf Digest and Discovery.
Woods suffered serious injuries on both legs and eventually had to be extracted from the vehicle with a prybar and an axe. Woods was conscious and able to speak to first-responders at the crash site, arranging for his manager pick up his belongings. Woods was reportedly calm, but not able to stand on his own.
Woods was transported to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. He was “awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room.” according to a statement released on Woods’ Twitter account.
Woods’ standout golf career is in question following his injuries. A recent USA Today headline read “Tiger Woods survives but his career might not.”
A follow-up investigation will reveal the final determination in the cause of the crash. The probe will examine possibilities such as distracted driving, authorities said.