LA Sheriff: Tiger Can’t Recall Crash, No Charges Planned

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Tiger Woods has no memory of Tuesday’s car accident that shattered his right leg, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was asked about the accident by traffic investigators and said he had no recollection of the crash itself.

Los Angeles County Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, who was the first individual to arrive at the scene told NBC Today he did not believe Woods was aware of how “gravely he was injured at the time.”

Villanueva said he does not believe that there will be charges because a traffic accident is not a crime.

“We don’t contemplate any charges whatsoever in this crash,” he said. “This remains an accident. Accidents are not a crime. They do happen unfortunately.” 

When asked if Woods will face charges for reckless driving, which he described as a misdemeanor crime and not applicable to Woods’ traffic accident, Villanueva said no.   

“A reckless driving charge has a lot of elements into it,” Villanueva said. “This is purely an accident. There will be a cause [of the accident] and there will be a vehicle code attached to it … but [Woods’ accident] was an infraction and reckless driving is actually more than an infraction — that is a misdemeanor crime … and it has nothing like that.”

Villanueva reiterated Woods was not drunk or impaired.

“There was no evidence of any impairment,” he said. “That’s just the facts. If there was evidence of that, we would proceed with that. We hold everyone accountable to the rule of law, no matter your celebrity status. This was an accident. We are treating it like an accident.” 

The investigation into the crash, which occurred just after 7 a.m. PST on Tuesday, is ongoing. 

Villanueva said deputies will use data from the car Woods was driving, which was a courtesy car from the Genesis Invitational, to determine how fast he was traveling at the time of the accident.

Written by Megan Turner

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  1. It’s almost like people wanted Tiger to be on pills or drunk. What a bunch of losers these people are. They assume and look for the worst and want to cancel everybody. What ever happened to showing a little compassion and being respectful and courteous to others?

    Personally, I hope he’s okay and I hope to see one of the greatest golfers in our lifetime play again. Everyone else who doesn’t want to see him play again can go back to being angry with their own life while blaming others.

  2. No one on here has wished Eldrick anything bad compassion and well wishes is what I have seen but when you launch a huge suv into the air in a 45 mph speed zone and he has to be rescued by the jaws of life through the windshield I would think normal questions are completely fair. I personally am not a fan but I have wished him a speedy and full recovery on all my posts just sayin

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