A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy found an empty, unlabeled pill bottle in a backpack next to Tiger Woods’ wrecked SUV as he inventoried the scene. The same investigator said he found no evidence the golfing legend was under the influence at the time of the Feb.23 crash, but was rather in shock, an investigative report says. at the scene of the accident.
The 22-page sheriff’s report reveals that as a result of the crash – which occurred after Woods was traveling at speeds of up to 87 mph on a pavement with a posted speed limit of 45 miles / h – Woods was so confused he thought he was in Florida. , and paramedics found her blood pressure so low they couldn’t administer pain medication, the report said.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said on Wednesday excessive speed and an inability to negotiate the bend in the roadway were the cause of the crash, and said the department had found no probable cause to test Woods to be under the influence.
Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, who was the first on the scene, reported to the lead investigator that he did not smell of alcohol and that Woods’ eyes were not watery and his speech was cloudy. Gonzalez reported that after the critically injured Woods was removed from the SUV, the MP found a backpack next to the vehicle and in the front pocket was the empty pill bottle.
“The container did not have a label and there was no indication of what, if any, was inside. There were no intoxicants or accessories inside the vehicle, ”notes the report written by Deputy Justin Smith.
The sheriff noted Thursday that the empty pill bottle “had no probative value.”
Woods had borrowed the vehicle for over a week. He was in the Los Angeles area for the Genesis Invitational Golf Tournament Feb.18-21, and on the morning of the Feb.23 crash, he was heading to the Rolling Hills Country Club for a shoot after spending the night at Terranea. Resort near Rancho Palos Verdes.
As Woods was traveling north on Hawthorne Boulevard at around 7:12 a.m. he struck the median, then a Rolling Hills sign, then the west sidewalk before hitting a tree 71 feet from the pavement. He suffered serious ankle and leg injuries, which could threaten his playing career.
On Wednesday, before the report was made public, Sheriff’s Captain James Powers told reporters: “There was no evidence of impairment. There was no smell of alcohol. There are no open containers in the vehicle, no narcotics or proof of medication in the vehicle or on his person. He said that because of this, investigators had no probable reason to obtain a search warrant for blood samples taken after Woods’ hospitalization.
An investigator seeking to determine whether Woods had been weakened interviewed the LA County Fire Captain who helped save him. The captain said Woods’ students were not showing signs of narcotics, but his blood pressure was so low that they couldn’t initially give the golfer pain medication. The captain told the investigator that Woods’ vital signs were consistent with the shock and that once in the ambulance he was given 4 milligrams of morphine and medication to relieve the nausea.
According to an assistant who interviewed Woods at the hospital, he saw no signs that the golfer had consumed alcohol or was under the influence of any substance and that, despite his injuries, he was prompt. to answer questions.
Powers said Woods, during the interview, indicated that he had not used any drugs or medication at the time of the crash.
Woods, in a statement on Wednesday, said he was focusing on his “recovery and his family” after the Sheriff’s Department closed the investigation into his accident, and added that he was grateful to the Good Samaritans and to the authorities who helped him at the scene.