Woods February Car Crash Investigation Getting Criticized By Forensic Experts

The ongoing saga with the February crash that nearly took the life of golfer Tiger Woods continues to get headline billing, and this time it’s over Woods being unconscious when he left his lane and eventually crashed.

USA Today Sports reports that there’s evidence that that Woods was not conscious when he left his lane and veered instead of staying right in his lane just before the crash.

The report says that Woods for sure did not hit the brakes during the collision, didn’t steer out of the emergency and didn’t remember driving at all.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department disagrees with the report, instead stating that there are “other reasons” for the crash. The possibility of Woods being unconscious is barely mentioned in their takeaway from the crash.

A former police detective who now works as a car crash reconstruction expert, Jonathan Cherney, stated that he felt the ‘conclusions are misguided, and the investigation obviously wasn’t thorough.’

He stated that responding officers were not “as critical of this case as they would have been if Tiger had slammed into an opposing vehicle coming the other direction with multiple passengers.”

Woods was going 84 mph to 87 mph in a 45 mile per hour zone when the crash took place on February 23rd just after 7am West Coast time.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated the official cause of the crash Wednesday after he said he received the necessary permission from Woods to give out specific details on what took place.

Villanueva said, was “driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway.”

There will undoubtedly be more to the case as time goes on. As for Woods, he continues to recover to attempt to get back on the links at some point in the future.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. That’s at least 3 times Woods has wrecked. Twice he was high on meds, and this one is suspicious as hell. Yet the media – especially the golf media – continues ignoring it and continues to worship Woods as not just The Greatest Golfer Ever (he isn’t), but one of The Greatest Humans to Ever Grace Planet Earth. Will it take a body count for someone (Joe Kinsey, paging Joe Kinsey) to criticize Woods? Or would even that not raise any fuss?

    Pathetic, but shall we say par for the course.

  2. Agree with you all I said from the get go dude was high not saying illegal drugs but high is high things like that just don’t happen on a dry bright sunny morning and going 40 over the speed limit in my state that’s criminal speeding a misdemeanor

  3. OMG folks. Can we Monday QB enough on this? Sure they could have done a blood test, but with multiple broken bones, mercifully, the medics administered pain meds at the scene which would make further results disputable. He was definitely speeding on a downhill stretch of road, maybe cause he was running behind, maybe because he likes to drive fast-none of us do that. No one knows exactly what happened, but it happens everyday all over the country. No one is paying for it more than him- a lost year on tour when he has very few possible competitive ones left. I’m just glad this microscope isn’t on me, like it is on him.

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