The Los Angeles County sheriff says Tiger Woods was “not drunk” during the rollover that seriously injured the golf superstar Tuesday, saying the single-vehicle crash was “purely an accident.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said his department would not file charges against Woods pertaining to the crash near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, about 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
Villanueva said the department is considering it an accident, which could lead to a misdemeanor at most.
“He was not drunk,” Villanueva said Wednesday on Instagram Live. “We can throw that one out.”
As part of a statement on Woods’ official Twitter account, Dr. Anish Mahajan of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center said in part that Woods had sustained multiple “open fractures” to his lower right leg and had a rod placed in his tibia and screws and pins inserted in his foot and ankle during emergency surgery.
Woods, 45, was “awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room,” according to another part of the statement.
Villanueva reiterated Wednesday that the “challenging” downhill section of road where the rollover occurred is known for a high frequency of accidents.
Villanueva said investigators might seek search warrants for a blood sample to definitively rule out drugs and alcohol. Detectives also could apply for search warrants for Woods’ cellphone to see if he was driving distracted, as well as the vehicle’s event data recorder, or “black box,” which would give information about how fast he was going.
Woods’ vehicle, a 2021 Genesis GV80 midsize SUV, was headed northbound before appearing to first make contact with the median, then went across the two southbound lanes. It hit a curb, hit trees and rolled over several times, with the vehicle ultimately settling several hundred feet from the road.
There were no skid marks and no evidence of braking, and weather was not a factor, Villanueva said Tuesday. Authorities did not say how fast Woods was driving. He was wearing a seat belt.
Villanueva said there are no plans to release photos or body camera footage from the crash scene.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said earlier Wednesday that he had a difficult time processing the news of Woods’ injuries from the crash, saying he “was shocked.”
“I kind of had to sit down and ask the same question I had asked a second time because I wasn’t sure I completely heard what I was being told,” he said.
ESPN’s Bob Harig and The Associated Press contributed to this report.