The LA County Sheriff’s Department is being scrutinized over its handling of Tiger Woods’ devastating crash and experts are saying there is evidence that he was either inattentive or dozed off before the accident.
Woods was allegedly given deferential treatment and the benefit of the doubt even though the evidence indicated otherwise according to a report by USA Today.
On Feb. 23, the day of the accident, Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated that his deputies “did not see any evidence of impairment.” The golfing legend allegedly drove a Genesis GV80 into a median, breaking a number of bones in his leg at 7 a.m. that morning. No other car was involved in the crash. The sheriff would go on to call the crash “purely an accident” a day later. He determined that a drug-recognition expert was not needed to evaluate Woods because there was no probable cause.
But forensic experts told USA Today that the evidence shows something entirely different happened. They claim that Woods was either inattentive or had fallen asleep at the time of the accident. There were no skid marks indicating that Woods tried to stop the vehicle from crashing. These experts want to know why the crash was simply labeled an accident and why his blood was not examined to see if drugs were involved.
“LASD is not releasing any further information at this time,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement. “The traffic collision investigation is ongoing and traffic investigators continue to work to determine the cause of the collision.”
Accident reconstruction experts are positing that the fact that Woods can’t remember driving at all should be reason enough to employ a drug-recognition expert in the case.
“I would have thought that you would have him evaluated by a DRE to see whether or not there are some physical clues beyond the operation that would point to impairment,” said Charles Schack, who is a former New Hampshire state police trooper and president of Crash Experts.
“To an untrained person, sometimes the effects are a bit more subtle, and require a bit more in-depth examination to bring out the evidence of impairment,” he stated.
Woods should have been questioned about medications and should have had his eyes and vital signs thoroughly examined, according to the report. Allegedly, that did not happen. A blood test at the hospital would reportedly have shown if the golfer had taken any drugs that could have contributed to the crash.
Instead, what happened was that Villanueva’s deputy, who was present at the scene of the crash, somehow concluded that “there was no evidence of any impairment whatsoever.”
“He was lucid, no odor of alcohol, no evidence of any medication, narcotics, or anything like that would bring that into question. So that was not a concern at the time. So, therefore, obviously no field sobriety test and no DRE,” the sheriff declared.
Former detective Jonathan Cherney, who examined the site, claims the evidence suggests it was “like a classic case of falling asleep behind the wheel” because “the road curves and his vehicle goes straight.”
Woods told deputies twice that he couldn’t remember driving at all, which the experts say is a big clue that he could have been impaired. “I do know significant head injuries can cause people to not know what happened or forget what happened,” Cherney noted. “The fact that he doesn’t remember driving at all is also indicative and consistent with the objective symptom of impaired driving.”
Experts and others have now reportedly waited too long to get Woods’ blood tested. They would need a search warrant and his cooperation to view his medical records.
The Sheriff’s Department did eventually execute a search warrant to collect the “black box” data from the vehicle that could show how fast Woods was driving. But so far, the department is mum on its findings.
There was not a lot of sympathy for Woods on Twitter:
I wish we were all afforded the same luxuries. It’s all about the money or it’s just California which should be considered its own planet. The people there are from another world.
— Jay Young (@JayVader5) March 15, 2021
The fact that there was no skid marks,means he was DUI or dozed off..and for them not to order a blood test on him seemed suspicious..Tiger himself said “I don’t even remember driving”..I think foo was under the influence.
— Rome (@Rome05492790) March 15, 2021
whats the point of being rich and famous if you can’t duck the occasional impaired driving charge?
— Chief Harold Chang PhD.🇺🇸 (@DrHaroldChang) March 15, 2021
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