Tiger Woods Crash Investigators Have Determined Cause: Here is Why They Won’t Release It

by Katie Maloney

Almost everyone knows by now that golf legend Tiger Woods was in a serious car accident in February. But how did it all happen?

However, up until recently, people didn’t know exactly what caused the accident. This week, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that investigators have determined what caused Tiger Woods’ single-car crash. But, he’s not revealing the details. He said that they are waiting for permission from Woods before releasing any information.

“A cause has been determined, the investigation has concluded,” Villanueva said. “We have reached out to Tiger Woods and his personnel. There are 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.”

Here’s what we do know. While driving an SUV in Los Angeles, Tiger Woods hit a medium and rolled over into a stretch alongside the road. Woods sustained multiple leg injuries that required surgery and had to stay in the hospital for three weeks. Since then, Woods has returned home and is currently recovering from the accident. In a past interview from February, Villanueva said that there was “no evidence of impairment.” But that won’t be confirmed until the details of the investigation are released.

Can Tiger Woods Deny Permission to Release the Investigation Details?

After months of investigations, police finally have the conclusion we’ve all been waiting for. But they aren’t releasing it. Not only that but police also admitted that they’re waiting for permission from Tiger Woods before releasing any details to the public. That’s pretty weird. We’ve watched enough true crime documentaries to know that’s not usually the way police investigations work. In fact, John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor and retired New York Police Department sergeant, Joseph Giacalone, confirmed that asking permission to reveal investigation details is pretty unusual.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a department ever ask for permission like that,” said Giacalone. “What happens if his lawyers say ‘no, you can’t send it out now.’ And then where does that leave us?”

He also pointed out that the police would almost never ask permission from non-celebrities. And that Tiger Woods is probably receiving special treatment because of his pro-golfer status.

“I don’t think they would have asked any family member of us if they can come out with it,” said Giacalone.