Tiger Woods was involved in a brutal one-vehicle crash in Southern California last month.
On February 23, the 45-year-old’s car veered off the road and rolled over. The damage was so severe that Woods had to be removed from his vehicle and rushed to emergency surgery.
The damage to Woods’ leg was described as “comminuted open fractures,” which indicated that his tibia and fibula bones had smashed and torn through the skin – requiring immediate surgery. Beyond that, Woods also suffered smaller injuries to the ankle and foot.
The sheer magnitude of the damage stemming from the accident prompted many to ask a simple question: how could this have happened?
This week, Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today ran a report suggesting that an investigation into Woods’ accident was facing scrutiny and that some forensic experts were under the impression that Woods was getting favorable treatment from the sheriff’s department.
Immediately after the crash took place, Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced that his deputies “did not see any evidence of impairment.” Roughly 24 hours later, he noted that what transpired was “purely an accident.”
“But the available evidence in the case indicates Woods was inattentive or asleep when his vehicle went straight into a median instead of staying with his lane as it curved right,” several forensic experts told USA Today.
“Woods also told deputies twice that he didn’t remember how the crash occurred and didn’t even remember driving after surviving the crash with broken bones in his right leg. Such clues, including the lack of braking evidence on the road, have led experts to question two particular sheriff-department decisions as the investigation remains ongoing.”
When USA Today pressed the sheriff’s department for answers, they got a rather abrupt response.
“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.”
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It’s worth remembering, experts have had the same theory on what led up to Woods’ crash from the very beginning. And from the start, it was completely different than the version of events the sheriff’s department was pushing.
Moreover, between the video that exists of how Woods was driving right before the accident, the response he gave authorities after being rescued, and the open knowledge of why he was in such a hurry that day, a pretty self-explanatory image has started to emerge. That said – obviously authorities need to either confirm or deny it one way or the other before folks can start really ruminating on it.
At the end of the day, the truth always has a way of coming out. The same is true here. At some point in the foreseeable future the public will find out what really happened on that fateful day. Will it align with everything the sheriff’s department has said thus far? Time will tell.