Last month, the golfing legend Tiger Woods was involved in a serious car crash that left him requiring major surgery on his legs. While investigators have now determined the cause of his crash, they will not be releasing it to the public.
Entertainment Tonight reported that Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva spoke out on Wednesday to confirm that while the investigation is complete, the findings will not be released publicly due to “privacy issues.”
“A cause has been determined. The investigation has concluded,” he said. “However, we have reached out to Tiger Woods and his personnel… There’s some privacy issues on releasing information on the investigation, so we are going to ask them if they waive the privacy and then we’ll be able to do a full release on all the information regarding the accident.”
“We have all the contents of the black box. We’ve got everything,” Villanueva went on to add of the data recorder, which L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Johann Schloegl previously said he believed would “explain how/why the collision occurred.”
“It’s completed, sign, sealed, and delivered,” Villanueva stated. “However, we can’t release it without the permission of the people involved in the collision.”
Villanueva, who had previous said that it was unlikely that any criminal charges would be filed due to this incident, did say that “it still remains an accident.”
“You know, you have an accident or you have a deliberate accident. It’s an accident,” he said. “We’re reaching out to Tiger Woods to be able to release the report itself. Nothing has changed from what we know and what we learned throughout the course of the investigation. Everything we did turned out to be accurate.”
Woods, 45, was found unconscious on the morning of February 23 after crashing his SUV in the Palos Verdes area of Los Angeles. He was left with major damage to his right leg, and he ended up undergoing a long surgery on his lower right leg and ankle. Woods told investigators that he did not know how the crash happened, and that he didn’t even remember driving.
“Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery,” he said days later. “I am so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received over the past few weeks.”