The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Friday released more details about Tiger Woods’ Feb. 23 car crash.
According to documents reviewed by ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, Woods believed he was in Florida, not California, when he was interviewed in the hospital following the accident. The report also states that Woods showed many signs of shock after the accident when emergency personnel responded to the scene.
“[Woods] was acting in a manner consistent with someone suffering from shock due to having been involved in a major traffic collision,” Deputy Carlos Gonzalez wrote in the report. “[Woods] was stuffing the deployed airbag back into the steering wheel. [Woods] was knocked unconscious during the collision and said he did not know how the collision occurred.”
The report added that Woods was “somewhat combative,” which is also consistent with shock caused by injuries. When interviewed by Deputy Kyle Sullivan at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, Woods “did not remember being involved in a traffic collision” and “thought he was currently in the state of Florida.”
The report also goes into previously known detail about the cause and circumstances of the accident itself. The account is consistent with other details we already knew about Woods’ mental state after the crash.
Woods issued a statement on Thursday in response to the release of the details of the crash.
Justin Thomas had a difficult start to 2021, but he managed to turn things around heading into the Masters. Although he was involved in a serious car accident less than two months ago, Tiger Woods was still able to help Thomas through his rough stretch.
Thomas sat down for an interview with ESPN’s Jeff Darlington prior to the Masters, and he opened up about some of the issues he has had over the last several months. Thomas spoke about what he learned in the wake of his use of a homophobic slur back in January. He also reflected on the emotions he felt when he learned before the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February that his grandfather, Paul Thomas, had died.
Then, there was Tiger’s accident. Thomas said he had planned to reach out to Woods for advice and encouragement just before he learned Tiger was in a serious car crash on Feb. 23. The two did eventually connect when Woods was feeling well enough, and Thomas says the 15-time major champion gave him some valuable advice.
“What kind of hit home for me is, when things aren’t going well, he was like, ‘You need to go figure it out. No offense to your dad, no offense to your caddie, you need to go out by yourself. You’re a grown man. Go figure it out,'” Thomas says Tiger told him.
Thomas went on to win The Players Championship not long after that conversation. He spoke about the importance of his friendship with Woods after the tournament.
If you remember, Thomas was extremely emotional when he first discussed Tiger’s crash (video here). The two are obviously very close, and Tiger has had a big influence on Thomas’ career.
Tiger Woods authorized the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to release the findings from the investigation into his car crash, and they did so on Wednesday. Woods issued a statement shortly thereafter.
Investigators determined that speed was the sole factor in the Feb. 23 crash, which left Woods with serious lower body injuries that required surgery. Tiger was traveling as fast as 87 mph down a dangerous curved roadway. His SUV was going 75 mph when he struck a tree, according to police.
After the cause of the crash was released, Woods put out a statement on Twitter thanking all of those involved. He said he will “continue to focus on my recovery and my family.”
Although it was determined that Woods was traveling nearly twice the speed limit, he will not be issued a citation for speeding. LA County Capt. James Powers told reporters most courts would dismiss any ticket that was issued because it was not observed by police or witnesses, according to ESPN’s Michele Steele.
Powers also reiterated that there was no evidence of impairment at the scene of the crash.
Tiger reportedly told people at the scene and at the hospital that he did not remember driving prior to the crash. One report claimed Woods was also seen driving erratically earlier that day.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has determined the cause of the car accident that left Tiger Woods seriously injured in February, and those findings are expected to be released on Wednesday.
According to a report from TMZ, investigators have determined that the sole cause of Woods’ crash was speed. He was said to be driving 83 mph in a 45-mph zone at the time he lost control of his vehicle. Tiger has waived his right of privacy and authorized police to release the accident report to the public.
TMZ reports that the black box recovered from Tiger’s SUV shows that he accelerated at the time of the Feb. 23 crash. His vehicle gained speed as he lost control.
Police could have attempted to obtain a warrant to see if Woods was using his cell phone at the time of the crash, but they reportedly did not feel they had probable cause to pull his cell phone records.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva described the crash as “purely an accident” after it happened, and he said police never considered charging Woods with a crime. Authorities said there were no signs of impairment.
Woods drove his SUV off the road and the car rolled over. He needed to be extracted from the vehicle using the “jaws of life.” The 15-time major champion suffered serious leg injuries in the crash that required surgery. Previous reports indicated he told people he did not remember driving before the accident.
One report claimed Tiger was driving erratically elsewhere prior to the crash.
The cause of the crash that left Tiger Woods seriously injured earlier this year has been determined, but police are not going to share it with the public.
Investigators have been gathering information on the Feb. 23 crash for weeks. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Wednesday that the investigation has concluded, but authorities would need permission from Woods before releasing any of the information publicly.
“We have reached out to Tiger Woods and his personnel,” Villanueva said, via The Associated Press. “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.”
“We have all the contents of the black box, we’ve got everything. “It’s completed, signed, sealed and delivered. However, we can’t release it without the permission of the people involved in the collision.”
Villanueva described the crash as “purely an accident” after it happened, and he said police never considered charging Woods with a crime. Had Tiger been charged, information about the crash would not have been protected.
Woods drove his SUV off the road and the car rolled over. He needed to be extracted from the vehicle using the “jaws of life.” The 15-time major champion suffered serious leg injuries in the crash that required surgery.
Authorities said there were no signs that Woods was impaired. Reports have indicated that Tiger did not remember driving prior to the accident.
Tiger Woods on Tuesday shared a status update surrounding his recovery from multiple injuries sustained in a February car crash.
Woods shared that he is now recovering at his home.
“Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery. I am so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received over the past few weeks,” Woods said in the statement.
The 45-year-old golfer expressed his gratitude to the medical teams that helped him recover.
“Thank you to all the incredible surgeons, doctors, nurses and staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. You have all taken such great care of me and I cannot thank you enough.
“I will be recovering at home and working on getting stronger every day.”
Woods was seriously injured in a 1-car crash on the morning of Feb. 23. Woods, whose foundation was hosting the Genesis Invitational, was still in Southern California in the days following the tournament. He was filming some commercial spots with other athletes and left his hotel early that morning. He was driving to a nearby golf course, but his car hit the center divider and crashed into the side of the road.
Woods suffered open fractures of his lower right leg, and he had a rod placed in his tibia and screws and pins inserted in his foot and ankle during an emergency surgery. The golfer told authorities he did not remember the crash.
Woods had not golfed this season even prior to the car crash because he was recovering from another procedure on his back.
Tiger Woods has not had an endorsement deal with a video game company since the last installment of “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” was released by EA Sports in 2013, but gamers will be happy to hear that the 15-time major champion is officially back.
Woods and video game company 2K announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to an exclusive deal to produce content using Tiger’s name. Tiger will become an executive director for 2K’s PGA Tour video game franchise, and his image and likeness will be used in the games.
“I am looking forward to making my return to the video game landscape, and with 2K and HB Studios, I’ve found the right partners to make it happen,” Woods said in a statement. “I’m honored to take part in this opportunity and look forward to sharing my expertise and insights as we build the future of golf video games together.”
2K also shared a video announcing the big news:
The “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” franchise was wildly popular for EA Sports from 1998-2013. EA briefly tried to keep the franchise going with Rory McIlroy as the face of it, but that only lasted one season.
Tiger is still recovering from the horrifying car crash he was involved in last month, so the 2K news is certainly a welcome change of pace from the headlines we have been seeing about him.
Justin Thomas played through a range of emotions on his way to a win at The Players Championship this weekend, and some of that had to do with his good friend Tiger Woods. After he was awarded the trophy on Sunday, Thomas spoke a bit about what his relationship with Tiger has meant to him.
Thomas said a lot of what he and Woods talk about will stay “between us,” but he shared some great perspective about the age gap between him and Tiger. Thomas, who is 27, said he and some other golfers on the PGA Tour never would have imagined being friends with Tiger when they were idolizing him 10-15 years ago.
“He’s so nice to myself and Bryson (DeChambeau) and so many guys out here,” Thomas said. “If you had told us when we were 15, 20 years old that Tiger Woods would be texting us the night before we have a chance to win a tournament trying to inspire us — it’s pretty cool.”
Thomas also joked that he wished Tiger were there to see him win The Players Championship so he could “rub it in his face.”
“He likes to give me a lot of grief, especially when he’s not here. We’re all pulling for him. I’m so glad to hear everything’s been going well with him,” Thomas said. “Part of me wishes he was here so I could rub it in his face a little more. I’m happy and I hope he’s happy and I always appreciate his help.”
If you remember, Thomas got extremely emotional when talking about Tiger’s crash a few weeks ago. Thomas’ grandfather also died last month, and the two were very close. Needless to say, Sunday’s win was bittersweet for him.
Tiger Woods has not been able to provide investigators with much information about how or why he drove his car off the road last week, and that is because the 15-time major champion says he has no recollection of what happened.
USA Today Sports reviewed a copy of an affidavit for a search warrant to obtain the “black box” in the vehicle Woods was driving on Feb. 23. The documents show that Tiger told police at the crash scene that he did not remember driving. He said the same when he arrived at the hospital.
Woods was initially unconscious when a resident found him trapped in his car with blood on his face, according to the documents. He was awake by the time the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department arrived but did not know what happened.
“The deputies asked him how the collision occurred,” the affidavit states. “Driver said he did not know and did not even remember driving… Driver was treated for his injuries at the hospital and was asked there again how the collision occurred. He repeated that he did not know and did not remember driving.”
The form filed to obtain the search warrant for the black box claims data from the vehicle Woods was driving “constitutes evidence that tends to show the commission of a felony or misdemeanor offense.”
Tiger suffered multiple serious leg injuries in the crash, but there has been no mention of head trauma. Some forensic experts believe the details surrounding the accident point to Woods having been asleep at the wheel.
Authorities have said there were no signs of Woods being impaired at the time of the crash. In May 2017, Woods was arrested for a DUI in Florida when he was found asleep at the wheel of his car. He passed a breathalyzer at the time and was not drunk. However, a toxicology report later showed that Woods had five substances in his body: two painkillers, a tranquilizer, a sedative, and THC.
One report claimed Woods was driving erratically before he crashed his SUV last week.
Tiger Woods took note of his peers wearing Sunday red in his honor at the final day of the Cologuard Classic.
A number of golfers, including Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, wore red for the final round of Sunday’s tournament to pay tribute to Woods. Most of the golfers deviated from their usual outfits in a nod to Woods, who is recovering from Tuesday’s serious car accident.
Woods definitely noticed the tributes. On Sunday night, he sent a tweet thanking his fellow golfers for their support, adding that they are “truly helping me get through this tough time.”
Based on how severe the accident scene looked, Woods has a lot to be grateful for. The widespread support from fans, as well as his peers, is certainly among those things.