The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is expected to release its report on the February rollover accident that seriously injured golf legend Tiger Woods on Wednesday, authorities said.
The “accident report” is not expected to provide important new details about what caused Woods to hit the road in Southern California, authorities said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said last week that detectives had determined what caused Woods to hit a central median, cross lanes of traffic, run over the sidewalk and finally hit a tree before his SUV. overturned in the accident at dawn. But it said details would not be released, citing unspecified privacy concerns.
Woods, 45, suffered multiple injuries and underwent emergency surgery after a single-vehicle accident on February 23 at the Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes border in the Los Angeles area.
Woods regained consciousness before officers arrived, but said he did not recall ever being behind the wheel, records show.
“Officers asked him how the collision occurred. The driver said he did not know and did not even remember driving,” according to the affidavit.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said the sheriff’s department had not referred any cases for possible criminal filings.
Villanueva has been criticized for calling the accident “purely an accident” and saying there was no evidence of deterioration.
Investigators did not seek a search warrant for Woods’ blood samples, which could have been tested for drugs and alcohol. In 2017, Woods checked into a clinic for help dealing with prescription drugs after he was charged with DUI in Florida.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the data logger, or black box, of the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV.
Villanueva said investigators needed Woods’ permission to release information about the accident.
“We have reached out to Tiger Woods and his staff,” Villanueva said last week. “There are some privacy issues with releasing information about the investigation, so we will ask them if they waive privacy, and then we can make a full disclosure of all information related to the accident.”
Woods injured his right leg in the accident. A rod was inserted and pins and screws were used to stabilize his ankle and foot injuries. He also suffered cuts to his face.
He was treated in California and returned home to Florida last month to recover, he said.
Woods is considered one of the best athletes in golf. He has won 82 tournaments, the biggest draw in a career with Sam Snead, and has won 15 major championships, second only to Jack Nicklaus.