Sheriff: No charges expected after Tiger Woods auto crash

Elias Hubbard
February 26, 2021

Woods, 45, successfully came through lengthy surgery to fix a shattered right leg and ankle at a California hospital yesterday but McIlroy believes the auto accident that he was lucky to survive could well spell the end of the Tiger era.

Woods was driving on a twisting, downhill road south of Los Angeles, California, when he lost control of his vehicle. The accident happened earlier on Tuesday. Woods is likely looking at many months of recovery time based on the information now available, but it's hard to formulate an exact timeline.

Rescue workers used tools to remove him from the auto.

While the news overall was certainly positive, the 15-time major victor does have a long road to recovery ahead of him. It was his first major in 11 years. He most recently won The Masters in 2019 after recovering from a back injury.

"Mr Woods suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery", Dr Anish Mahajan said.

Screws and pins also had to be used for other injuries to his foot and ankle. The statement also included descriptions of the injuries and the surgery from the head of the hospital where it was performed by orthopedic trauma specialists. He last won a major in April 2019, when he won the Masters in a victory that ranks among the great comebacks in the sport.

The Los Angeles County sheriff on Wednesday characterized the crash that seriously injured Tiger Woods as "purely an accident" and appeared to rule out any potential criminal charges even as authorities were still investigating. People are often seen driving faster than the speed limit.

Carlos Gonzalez is with the sheriff's department. He reached Woods after the crash and was not able to help him out of the vehicle.

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, who was the first to arrive at the accident site, said he found Woods still in the driver's seat, wearing his seat belt, and that the golfer was able to tell him his name was Tiger.

In a career filled with remarkable comebacks, Tiger Woods faces perhaps his toughest recovery of all. However, they said Woods' management team did not want them to divulge more about the golfer's condition.

Former U.S. Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama have both played golf with Woods.

Woods is alert and responsive, according to a statement shared on Woods's Twitter account.

The statement thanked the doctors, police and rescue workers who helped him on Tuesday.

"I don't want to take anything away from what Ben Hogan did after his vehicle crash or any of the other comebacks that athletes have had in other sports, but right now I can't think of any greater comeback in sports than the journey that he made from that lunch we had in 2017 to winning the Masters a couple of years later".

"You know, Tiger back in 2017 was found by police pulled over to the side of the road, asleep in his auto".

He was arrested on a DUI charge and said he had an unexpected reaction to prescription medicine for his back pain. He was arrested on the charge of driving a vehicle while affected by drugs or alcohol.

In 2009, his personal life imploded when he was caught having multiple extramarital affairs and crashed his vehicle into a fire hydrant and tree.

Police do not now believe drugs or alcohol played a part in Tuesday's crash.

"Hopefully he comes back and is able to play but if he's not, I think he'll still be a part of the game in some way, whether that's his design business and his foundation or hosting golf tournaments". Dan Friedell adapted it for Learning English.

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