Sheriff: Tiger Woods’ permission needed to release crash details

By Field Level Media
Feb 23, 2021; Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA; Alex Villanueva, Sheriff for the LA County Police Department speaks at a press conference about an accident involving Tiger Woods at Lomita County Sheriff’s Station. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Hill-USA TODAY

The cause of Tiger Woods’ Feb. 23 car crash was determined, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced Wednesday, but the details weren’t released publicly.

“We have reached out to Tiger Woods and his personnel,” Villanueva said in an online press conference, according to multiple media outlets. “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.”

Villanueva added, according to USA Today, “You have an accident and you have deliberate acts. It’s an accident, OK.”

Woods, 45, sustained major leg injuries in the single-car crash on Feb. 23 near the border of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., and Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. His Genesis SUV contained a “black box” that includes detailed driving information.

Read More: Tiger Woods leaves hospital, recovering at home

“We have all the contents of the black box, we’ve got everything,” Villanueva said. “(The investigation is) completed, signed, sealed, and delivered. However, we can’t release it without the permission of the people involved in the collision.”

Woods, who was found unconscious after the wreck, previously told police that he didn’t remember driving that morning. He was hospitalized at two facilities before being released and going home to continue his rehabilitation in mid-March.

Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, did not immediately comment on Villanueva’s Wednesday remarks.

–Field Level Media