The Los Angeles County Sheriff said that detectives have determined what caused Tiger Woods to crash his SUV in Southern California, but declined to disclose details on Wednesday because the golf star did not disclose his privacy rights.
Woods was seriously injured in a crash on February 23, when he hit a rising median at Rolling Hills Estates outside Los Angeles at around 7am. The Genesis SUV he drove traversed two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a downhill section. The police said it was a shipwreck. Woods is recovering from multiple operations in Florida.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva was criticized for his comments on the crash, calling it “purely accidental”
Investigators did not seek search warrants for Woods blood samples, which can be screened for drugs and alcohol. In 2017, Woods entered a clinic to seek prescription drug treatment after charging for a DUI in his hometown of Florida (University of Florida).
However, the detective did obtain a search warrant for the data recorder (called a black box) of the Genesis GV80 SUV in 2021. Villanueva declined to reveal what data was found in the black box on Wednesday.
Villanueva said in a live social media event on Wednesday: “The cause has been determined and the investigation has ended.”
But Villanueva claimed that investigators needed Woods’ permission (previously named her yacht “Privacy”) to release information about the crash.
Villanueva said: “We have contacted Tiger Woods and its personnel. There are some privacy issues when publishing investigation information, so we will ask them if they give up privacy, and then we will conduct a full investigation. Release all information about the accident. “
Woods’ Excel Sports agent Mark Steinberg did not immediately respond to the email.
Villanueva said: “We own all the content of the black box, we own everything.” “It has been completed, signed, stamped and delivered. However, we cannot release it without the permission of the conflict participants.”
Los Angeles County District Attorney spokesperson Greg Risling said in an email on Wednesday that no felony or misdemeanor charges were filed in the crash through their office.
Villanueva’s statement on privacy matters is meaningless to John Jay College of Criminal Justice Professor and retired New York City Police Department Sergeant Joseph Giacalone (Joseph Giacalone), who criticized it from the beginning The sheriff’s reaction to the Woods incident.
He said: “I don’t think I have ever seen a department ever request a permit like this.” “If his lawyer said,’No, you can’t send it out now, what will happen.’ Then where do we stay? ?”
Giacalone said that in similar car accidents, representatives are unlikely to seek permission from non-celebrity victims to release information. If the sheriff’s hesitation is due to a possible medical accident on the steering wheel, Giacoloni said the authorities can simply say that this is an emergency medical accident without providing more details.
He said: “I don’t think they will ask any of our family members if they can make a request.”
Woods is from the Los Angeles area. After returning home, he hosted his PGA Championship, “Genesis Invitational” at the Riviera Country Club. The game ended two days before the crash. He is driving the SUV loaned to him for the race.
Woods has never played a full year, which can be traced back to his first PGA Tour event when he was 16 years old in high school.