Tiger Woods Car Crash: New Details Emerge on What Possibly Led to Wreck

by Emily Morgan

Experts are speaking out after pro-golfer Tiger Woods was involved in a car accident that left him hospitalized on Feb. 23. Since the single-car accident, new details are coming out about what may have caused the wreck. According to experts, the pharmaceutical sleeping aid Zolpidem also referred to as Ambien, may have contributed to the incident. 

Experts on the subject spoke to USA Today Sports regarding the crash, who said they have yet to draw any conclusions. Former police trooper Charles Schack suggested that Ambien could be a significant player in the case.”But I know where you look at the prior conduct and suspect there may be something else here at play,” Schack said.

In 2017, a Florida police officer pulled over a black Mercedes. The vehicle had its brake lights and right blinker on while the car was stopped in the right lane. When the officer approached the car, he realized he was asleep in the driver’s seat. Police identified the driver as Tiger Woods. He said that he did not know where he was and said that he “takes several prescriptions.” At the time of the incident, Woods had Ambien in his system. 

In 2009, Woods was also involved in an incident after a witness found him unconscious in his SUV after a crash. The Masters veteran admitted that he used Ambien but did not answer questions about whether it had any relevance in the incident.

According to CNN, “The deputies asked him how the collision occurred,” the affidavit read. “The driver said he did not know and did not even remember driving. The 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 incident is still an ongoing investigation, though authorities may never reveal the crash cause without Tiger Woods’ toxicology report. “We can’t just assume that somebody’s history makes them guilty,” Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy John Schloegl said on Mar. 2. According to Schloegl, the department is without “probable cause” necessary to get a blood sample from Woods.