LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County sheriff says detectives have decided what induced Tiger Woods to crash his SUV final month in Southern California however wouldn’t launch particulars Wednesday, citing unspecified privateness issues for the golf star.
Woods suffered severe accidents within the Feb. 23 crash when he struck a raised median round 7 a.m. in Rolling Hills Estates, simply outdoors Los Angeles. The Genesis SUV he was driving crossed via two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a downhill stretch that police mentioned is understood for wrecks. Woods is in Florida recovering from a number of surgical procedures.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva has been criticized for his feedback concerning the crash, calling it “purely an accident” and saying there was no proof of impairment. Woods instructed deputies he didn’t understand how the crash occurred and didn’t bear in mind driving.
Investigators didn’t search a search warrant for Woods’ blood samples, which may very well be screened for medication and alcohol. In 2017, Woods checked himself right into a clinic for assist in coping with prescription drug medicine after a DUI cost in his residence state of Florida.
Detectives, nonetheless, did receive a search warrant for the info recorder of the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, generally known as a black field. Villanueva wouldn’t say Wednesday what information had been discovered within the black field.
“A trigger has been decided, the investigation has concluded,” Villanueva mentioned throughout a stay social media occasion Wednesday in response to a query posed by The Related Press.
However Villanueva claimed investigators want permission from Woods — who beforehand named his yacht “Privateness” — to launch details about the crash.
“We have now reached out to Tiger Woods and his personnel,” Villanueva mentioned. “There’s some privateness points on releasing info on the investigation so we’re going to ask them in the event that they waive the privateness after which we will do a full launch on all the knowledge relating to the accident.”
Villanueva’s assertion about privateness points didn’t make sense to Joseph Giacalone, a professor on the John Jay School of Felony Justice and a retired New York Metropolis Police Division sergeant, who has criticized the sheriff’s response to the Woods incident from the beginning.
“I don’t assume I’ve ever seen a division ever ask for permission like that,” he mentioned. “What occurs if his attorneys say ‘no, you possibly can’t ship it out now.’ After which the place does that go away us?”
Giacalone mentioned it’s unlikely that deputies would have sought the permission of non-celebrity victims in related crashes to launch info. If the sheriff’s hesitancy stemmed from a possible medical episode behind the wheel, Giacalone mentioned authorities may merely say it was a medical emergency with out giving extra particulars.
“I don’t assume they’d have requested any member of the family of us if they will come out with it,” he mentioned.