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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office is expected to announce Wednesday that Tiger Woods’ horrific crash was caused by excessive speed – but that he will not face any charges or citations, according to a report.
Sources with direct knowledge told TMZ that Woods was speeding when he lost control of his loaned 2021 Genesis GV80 in Southern California on Feb. 23.
TMZ reported that it was told the links legend will not be charged in the accident or issued any citations.
The 45-year-old suffered severe injuries after the SUV struck a raised median, crossed through two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a dangerous downhill stretch.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva will cite speed as the sole cause of the accident, according the outlet, which also reported that it was told that Woods actually accelerated at the time of the wreck – and that just as he lost control, the vehicle gained speed.
News about the expected announcement comes after the sheriff recently refused to disclose newly discovered details on the cause of the crash, citing vague privacy concerns.
“A cause has been determined, the investigation has concluded,” Villanueva said March 31.
“It’s completed, signed, sealed and delivered,” he added. “However, we can’t release it without the permission of the people involved in the collision.”
Meanwhile, TMZ reported Wednesday that police do not know if Woods was conscious at the time of the crash.
Law enforcement sources also told the outlet that the Sheriff’s Department did not obtain a warrant to check on his cellphone to determine if he had been on a call or texting at the time of the accident.
The sources told TMZ that police did not believe they had probable cause to get a warrant for the cellphone records, although that is often done during accident investigations.
Woods was not helpful during the probe because he had no recollection of the crash, the law enforcement sources said, adding that he hit his head three or four times on something hard in the vehicle.
Villanueva has defended his agency’s investigation of the crash, saying the golf great did not receive special treatment from law enforcement.
A witness who was first on the scene just outside Los Angeles said he found Woods unconscious in his mangled SUV. But a sheriff’s deputy said the athlete later appeared to be “calm and lucid” and able to answer basic questions.
Investigators did not seek to collect blood samples from Woods to screen for drugs and alcohol. In 2017, Woods checked himself into a clinic for help dealing with prescription drugs after a DUI charge in his home state of Florida.
Detectives, however, did obtain a search warrant for the data recorder of the vehicle, known as a black box.
Woods was hospitalized with serious injuries due to the crash, which occurred around 7 a.m. in Rolling Hills Estates. The golf star struck a raised median and his vehicle crossed through two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a downhill stretch that police said is known for wrecks.
He is in Florida recovering from multiple surgeries to his legs.
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