LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Sheriff, Alex Villanueva, says investigators tasked with determining the cause of the February crash involving Tiger Woods have determined the cause of the accident, however, won’t release details citing privacy concerns for Woods.
Woods suffered serious injuries in the single-vehicle SUV crash just outside of Los Angeles mid February. The golf star drove his Genesis GV80 through two oncoming lanes of traffic before flipping and striking a tree just off the road in an area police said is known for wrecks. Law enforcement sources said Woods didn’t attempt to stop the car at any point during the incident, suggesting he was speeding and lost control. Woods was unable to stand on his own and was eventually extracted from the car with a prybar and an axe.
Sheriff Villanueva, who said there was no evidence of impairment from Woods, told reporters that the crash was “purely an accident” and was adamant on Woods not being charged with any crime. Investigators didn’t obtain a warrant to screen Woods’ blood for drugs or alcohol, deciding to instead focus on obtaining the GV80’s data recorder known as a black box.
“A cause has been determined; the investigation has concluded,” Villanueva said during a live social media event Wednesday in response to a question asked by an AP reporter.
“We have reached out to Tiger Woods and his personnel … There’s some privacy issues on releasing information on the investigation so we’re going to ask them if they waive the privacy and then we will be able to do a full release on all the information regarding the accident.” Villanueva didn’t specify to reporters why he would need to get permission from Woods.
“We have all the contents of the black box, we’ve got everything,” Villanueva said. “It’s completed, signed, sealed and delivered. However, we can’t release it without the permission of the people involved in the collision.”
Woods suffered major injuries to his legs including open fractures to his lower and upper tibia and fibula. Woods was treated at Harbor-UCLA before being moved to Cedars-Sinai, when he was finally discharged and sent home for recovery. No criminal complaints have been filed through the District Attorney’s Office for Los Angeles County.
Woods was originally in the Los Angeles area to host the Genesis Invitational and to film multiple videos for Golf Digest and Discovery.
On March 16, Woods released a statement through his Twitter account.
“Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery.” Woods said. “I am so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received over the past few weeks.”
“I will be recovering at home and working on getting stronger every day.” he added.