Detectives determine cause of Tiger Woods crash, but won’t reveal details until golf star gives permission By ABC News Australia

Tiger Woods's Chrysler Genesis SUV is craned up in the air after his crash in Los Angeles.
The investigation into Tigers Woods’ car crash has concluded. (AP: Ringo HW Chiu)

The Los Angeles County sheriff says detectives have determined what caused Tiger Woods to crash his SUV last month in Southern California, but would not release the details, citing unspecified privacy concerns for the golf star.

Key points:

  • Detectives obtained the SUV’s black box, but would not reveal what they found
  • Sheriff Alex Villanueva says they need permission from Woods before the information can be made public
  • Investigators did not seek a search warrant for Woods’ blood samples to screen for drugs and alcohol

Woods suffered serious injuries in the February 23 crash when he struck a raised median around 7:00am in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside Los Angeles.

The Genesis SUV he was driving crossed through two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a downhill stretch that police said is known for wrecks.

Woods is in Florida recovering from multiple surgeries.

After the crash, detectives obtained a search warrant for the SUV’s data recorder, known as a black box.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva would not say what data had been found.

“A cause has been determined, the investigation has concluded,” Mr Villanueva said during a live social media event Wednesday.

Mr Villanueva claimed investigators need permission from Woods to release information about the crash.

“We have reached out to Tiger Woods and his personnel,” Mr Villanueva said.

“There’s some privacy issues on releasing information on the investigation so we’re going to ask them if they waive the privacy and then we will be able to do a full release on all the information regarding the accident.”

Mr Villanueva has been criticised for his comments about the crash, calling it “purely an accident” and saying there was no evidence of impairment.

Woods told deputies he did not know how the crash occurred and didn’t remember driving.

He was unconscious when a witness first approached the mangled SUV. A sheriff’s deputy said the athlete later appeared to be in shock but was conscious and able to answer basic questions.

Investigators did not seek a search warrant for Woods’ blood samples, which could be screened for drugs and alcohol.

Tiger Woods, wearing his traditional red shirt and black pants, completes a drive in the final round of the Masters at Augusta.
Woods is still recovering from multiple open leg fractures he suffered during the accident.(AP: David J Phillip)

Greg Risling, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County district attorney, said in an email that no felony or misdemeanor complaints against Woods had been filed through their office regarding the crash.

Woods’ agent at Excel Sports, Mark Steinberg, did not respond to questions.

Woods is from the Los Angeles area and was back home to host his PGA tournament, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, which ended two days before the crash.

He was driving an SUV loaned to him by the tournament.

Woods has never gone an entire year without playing, dating back to his first PGA Tour event as a 16-year-old in high school.

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