Tiger crash 'purely an accident' but probe continues

Sports | ASSOCIATED PRESS 26 Feb 2021

The Los Angeles County sheriff has characterized the crash that injured Tiger Woods as "purely an accident" even as authorities were continuing to investigate.

Deputies saw no evidence the golf star was impaired by drugs or alcohol after Tuesday's rollover wreck on a downhill stretch of road known for crashes.

"He was not drunk,'' Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. "We can throw that one out.''

Woods, 45, who checked into a clinic in 2017 for help dealing with prescription medication, was driving alone through coastal Los Angeles suburbs when his SUV struck a raised median, crossed into oncoming lanes and flipped several times. The crash caused "significant" injuries to his right leg that required surgery.

Villanueva also said investigators may demand a blood sample to definitively rule out drugs and alcohol. Detectives also could apply for search warrants for Woods' mobile phone to see if he was driving distracted, as well as the vehicle's event data recorder to learn how fast he was going.

Joe Giacalone, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said a blood test "could give us a whole other insight." Some drugs are not necessarily detectable by observation, he noted.

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