LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County sheriff says detectives have decided what brought on Tiger Woods to crash his SUV final month in Southern California however wouldn’t launch particulars Wednesday, citing unspecified privateness considerations for the golf star.
Woods suffered severe accidents within the Feb. 23 crash when he struck a raised median round 7 a.m. in Rolling Hills Estates, simply exterior Los Angeles. The Genesis SUV he was driving crossed by two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a downhill stretch that police mentioned is understood for wrecks. Woods is in Florida recovering from a number of surgical procedures.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva has been criticized for his feedback concerning the crash, calling it “purely an accident” and saying there was no proof of impairment. Woods informed deputies he didn’t understand how the crash occurred and didn’t bear in mind driving. He was unconscious when a witness first approached the mangled SUV. However a sheriff’s deputy mentioned the athlete later gave the impression to be in shock however was aware and capable of reply fundamental questions.
Investigators didn’t search a search warrant for Woods’ blood samples, which may very well be screened for medication and alcohol. In 2017, Woods checked himself right into a clinic for assist in coping with prescription drug remedy after a DUI cost in his dwelling state of Florida.
Detectives, nevertheless, did receive a search warrant for the info recorder of the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, generally known as a black field. Villanueva wouldn’t say Wednesday what knowledge had been discovered within the black field.
“A trigger has been decided, the investigation has concluded,” Villanueva mentioned throughout a dwell social media occasion Wednesday in response to a query posed by The Related Press.
However Villanueva claimed investigators want permission from Woods — who beforehand named his yacht “Privateness” — to launch details about the crash.
“We’ve got reached out to Tiger Woods and his personnel,” Villanueva mentioned. “There’s some privateness points on releasing data on the investigation so we’re going to ask them in the event that they waive the privateness after which we can do a full launch on all the knowledge concerning the accident.”
Woods’ agent at Excel Sports activities, Mark Steinberg, didn’t instantly reply to an electronic mail.
“We’ve got all of the contents of the black field, we’ve bought every little thing,” Villanueva mentioned. “It’s accomplished, signed, sealed and delivered. Nonetheless, we will’t launch it with out the permission of the folks concerned within the collision.”
Greg Risling, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County district legal professional, mentioned in an electronic mail Wednesday that no felony or misdemeanor complaints towards Woods had been filed by their workplace concerning the crash.
Villanueva’s assertion about privateness points didn’t make sense to Joseph Giacalone, a professor on the John Jay Faculty of Felony Justice and a retired New York Metropolis Police Division sergeant, who has criticized the sheriff’s response to the Woods incident from the beginning.
“I don’t assume I’ve ever seen a division ever ask for permission like that,” he mentioned. “What occurs if his attorneys say ‘no, you’ll be able to’t ship it out now.’ After which the place does that go away us?”
Giacalone mentioned it’s unlikely that deputies would have sought the permission of non-celebrity victims in related crashes to launch data. If the sheriff’s hesitancy stemmed from a possible medical episode behind the wheel, Giacalone mentioned authorities may merely say it was a medical emergency with out giving further particulars.
“I don’t assume they’d have requested any member of the family of us if they will come out with it,” he mentioned.
Woods is from the Los Angeles space and was again dwelling to host his PGA event, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Nation Membership, which ended two days earlier than the crash. He was driving an SUV loaned to him by the event.
Woods has by no means gone a complete yr with out taking part in, courting again to his first PGA Tour occasion as a 16-year-old in highschool.
Related Press Golf Author Doug Ferguson contributed from Jacksonville, Florida.
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