LA Sheriff Says Tiger Woods’ Car Crash Didn’t Have Evidence of Impairment: Report

by Atlanta Northcutt

Following a serious car wreck that left the champion golfer severely injured, information has been released that there was no sign of Tiger Woods’ being impaired.

Tiger Woods Seriously Injured in Tuesday Morning Wreck

The single-vehicle crash occurred in the Rolling Hills area of California early Tuesday morning. Woods struck a barrier and traveled a great distance before striking a tree. Although his injuries are not life-threatening and he is alert at this time, the legendary golfer is still in critical condition.

The golfer’s manager Mark Steinberg told Golf Digest that Woods had suffered “multiple” leg injuries due to the impact of the wreck.

“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” says Steinberg. 

The LASD received a call of a single-vehicle wreck around 7:15 in the morning. When they arrived at the scene of the wreck in Ranchos Palos Verdes at Hawthorne Blvd, Woods’ was found severely injured in the car. It was first reported that the jaws of life had to be used to extract Tiger from the vehicle. However, that claim has now been redacted by authorities.

According to the LA County Fire Department, Tiger was rushed Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance in serious condition.

The Use of Substances Did Not Play a Part in the Crash

FOX 11 anchor, Bill Melugin, took to Twitter to keep fans and the public updated after the horrific news of the wreck was first announced. Melugin reports that no drugs, alcohol, or any other substance was the cause of the crash.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, states that Woods was conscious enough at the scene to ask authorities to contact his manager.

Villanueva also announced the LASD did search the inside of the vehicle. No evidence of impairment is seen as the cause of the crash. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby also confirms that Woods was conscious following the potentially deadly wreck.

Tiger Woods’ Past History With Driving Under the Influence

One of the reasons the authorities and media were suspicious of substance abuse being the cause of the wreck is the golfer’s previous run-ins with the law. Two investigations prior to this incident looked into whether or not Tiger was indisposed while in his vehicle.

The day after Thanksgiving in 2009, Woods ran over a fire hydrant before hitting a tree. The accident caused the media frenzy and life-altering events which would follow. Due, in part, to the accident, a major scandal came to light. The discovery that Tiger was cheating on his long-time wife with several women hurt the golfer’s reputation.

The impact of this revelation resulted in his loss of sponsors and much public support. The golfer went to a rehab facility in Mississippi. He was out of the golf scene for five months following the incident. His wife then divorced him.

Woods committed another offense in May 2019 in Florida. Authorities discovered him asleep in the driver’s seat. The car drew attention to people who saw it stopped on the side of the road in an odd manner.

The legend was arrested and charged with a first offense a DUI. Woods later claimed the reason he had fallen asleep behind the wheel of the car was due to unforeseen effects that his prescription medication caused. Tiger Woods recently received an injury to his back. The medication was to help treat the pain.

Later on, he pleaded guilty to reckless driving. Once again, he checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic for his use of the prescriptions and an issue with being unable to sleep.

The Terrain Where the Wreck Occurred is Dangerous

According to FOX News, the 15-time Masters’ golf champion was apparently in a hurry and was running behind schedule as he hastily left the hotel in the courtesy car.

Woods was on his way to film a project at a local luxury resort, when authorities believe he lost control of the vehicle while driving on the steep, curvy roads.

“You can easily without noticing go 60 mph down this road. A lot of people have died on this road,” a fan who was close to the crash site told Hal Eisner of FOX 11 news. 

Woods lives in Florida, and is likely unfamiliar with the Rollings Hills area, located approximately 30 miles from LA. Over the weekend, the pro-golfer had been hosting the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational in Pacific Palisades.  

Both fans and those in the golf community are reaching out to show support for the famous golfer.

“We have been made aware of Tiger Woods’ car accident today. We are awaiting further information when he comes out of surgery. On behalf of the PGA TOUR and our players, ‘Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers,'” says PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan in a statement.