The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office is expected to announce Wednesday that Tiger Woods’ terrible accident was caused by excessive speed, but that he will not face charges or citations, according to a report.
Sources with direct knowledge told TMZ that Woods was speeding when he lost control of his borrowed 2021 Genesis GV80 in Southern California on February 23.
TMZ reported that they have been told that the legend of the links will not be charged in the accident or will issue citations.
The 45-year-old man suffered serious injuries after the truck hit an elevated median, crossed two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a dangerous downhill stretch.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva will cite speed as the sole cause of the accident, according to the outlet, which also reported that he was told that Woods was actually accelerating at the time of the accident, and that just as he lost control, the vehicle gained speed.
The news about the expected announcement comes after the sheriff recently refused to reveal newly discovered details about the cause of the accident, citing vague privacy concerns.
“A cause has been determined, the investigation has been concluded,” Villanueva said on March 31.
“It is complete, signed, sealed and delivered,” he added. “However, we cannot release him without the permission of the people involved in the collision.”
Meanwhile, TMZ reported Wednesday that police do not know if Woods was conscious at the time of the accident.
Law enforcement sources also told the outlet that the Sheriff’s Department did not obtain a warrant to check his cell phone and determine if he had been on a call or texting at the time of the accident.
Sources told TMZ that police did not believe they had probable cause to obtain a warrant for cell phone records, although that is often done during accident investigations.
Woods did not help during the investigation because he had no recollection of the accident, law enforcement sources said, adding that he hit his head three or four times with something hard on the vehicle.
Villanueva has defended his agency’s investigation into the accident, saying the golfer did not receive special treatment from the police.
A witness who was the first to arrive at the scene outside of Los Angeles said he found Woods unconscious in his wrecked truck. But a deputy sheriff said the athlete later appeared to be “calm and clear-headed” and able to answer basic questions.
Investigators did not seek to collect samples of Woods’ blood to test for drugs and alcohol. In 2017, Woods checked into a clinic for help with prescription drugs after a DUI charge in his home state of Florida.
Detectives, however, obtained a search warrant for the vehicle’s data recorder, known as a black box.
Woods was hospitalized with serious injuries from the accident, which occurred around 7 a.m. at Rolling Hills Estates. The golf star hit an elevated median and his vehicle crossed two lanes in the opposite direction and uprooted a tree on a downhill stretch that police say is known for accidents.
He is in Florida recovering from multiple leg surgeries.