The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is expected to release a report on a crash in February that seriously injured golfing Tiger Woods, law enforcement officials said on Monday.
The “accident report” is not expected to provide new information on what caused Woods to drive down a road in Southern California, officials said.
Los Angeles Sheriff County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said last week investigators found the cause of Woods hitting the center, crossing traffic lanes, hitting a sidewalk and hitting a tree before his SUV overturned in a morning accident. But he said details would not be released, citing unspecified private concerns.
Woods, 45, was injured several times and underwent emergency surgery after a single car accident on February 23 at the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, in the Los Angeles area.
Woods regained consciousness before the deputies arrived but said he did not remember coming behind the wheel, records show.
“The deputies asked him how the collision happened. The driver said he did not know and did not even remember driving,” the affidavit said.
The Los Angeles Regional Attorney’s Office said the sheriff’s department had never referred any criminal charges that could have been filed.
Villanueva has been criticized for calling the accident “accidental” and that there is no evidence of disability.
Investigators did not seek a warrant for the search for Woods’ blood samples, which may have been tested for drugs and alcohol. In 2017, Woods tested himself at a clinic for medical attention after being charged with a DUI in Florida.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for the recorder, or black box, of the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV.
Villanueva said investigators needed permission from Woods to release information about the accident.
“We have contacted Tiger Woods and his staff,” Villanueva said last week. “There are privacy issues regarding the release of information about the investigation, so we will ask them if they are leaving a secret, and then we will be able to release all information about the risk.”
Woods suffered an injury to his right leg in the crash. Sticks were used, and nails and screws were used to stabilize the ankle and foot injuries. He also suffered facial expressions.
He was treated in California and returned to his home in Florida last month to recover, he said.
Woods is regarded as one of the greatest golfers. He has won 82 tournaments, was heavily involved in his career with Sam Snead, and has won 15 major tournaments, following Jack Nicklaus.