'Can't release it': Investigators conceal cause of Tiger Woods crash

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·2-min read
Tiger Woods, pictured here after he was seriously injured in the single-vehicle crash.
Tiger Woods was seriously injured in the single-vehicle crash. Image: Getty

Investigators say they've determined the cause of Tiger Woods' car accident but can't disclose it for privacy reasons.

The golf superstar suffered serious injuries to his leg in the crash on February 23 when he struck a raised median and rolled his car just outside Los Angeles.

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

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the data recorder of the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, known as a black box, and have now determined the cause of the crash.

But Sheriff Alex Villanueva said on Wednesday he would not disclose what data had been found.

"A cause has been determined, the investigation has concluded," Villanueva said in response to a question posed by The Associated Press.

"Nothing has changed on what we learned from the course of the investigation.

"Everything we did turned out to be accurate."

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

"We have all the contents of the black box, we've got everything," Villanueva said.

"It's completed, signed, sealed and delivered. However, we can't release it without the permission of the people involved in the collision."

Tiger Woods' car, pictured here after the crash.
Investigators say they've determined the cause of Tiger Woods' crash. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Investigators didn't test Tiger Woods for impairment

Villanueva had been criticised for his early comments about the crash, calling it "purely an accident" and saying there was no evidence of impairment.

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

In 2017, Woods checked himself into a clinic for help in dealing with prescription drug medication after a DUI charge in his home state of Florida.

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.

with AAP

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