Update On Tiger's Crash

Speeding? I’m no Colombo, but I could’ve pieced that one together.

Jim Rome
April 07, 2021 - 9:26 am
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According to TMZ, we are going to find out what caused the February 23rd car accident involving Tiger Woods. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is expected to announce the results of their investigation into the single-car accident that left Woods with multiple comminuted open fractures to his right leg, an ankle injury, and trauma to the leg muscles.

If you recall, Woods was driving around 7am in Rolling Hills Estates when his SUV hit a raised median, crossed two oncoming lanes, and drilled a tree.

NOW…The fact that the Sheriff’s department is going to be making the results of their investigation public today is interesting given that last week, they said they would not be doing that.

Last Wednesday, ESPN had a piece that began with the following sentence: The Los Angeles County sheriff says detectives have determined what caused Tiger Woods to crash his SUV last month in Southern California but would not release details Wednesday, citing unspecified privacy concerns for the golf star.

At the time that seemed like kind of a weird thing to say – we got the black box, we know what happened, but we aren’t telling.

And yes, I get the argument that if they found there was no crime committed, then how much does it really matter to the general public what the cause of the crash was?

But as Joseph Giacalone, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a retired New York City Police Department sergeant, said "I don't think I’ve ever seen a department ever ask for permission like that. What happens if his lawyers say 'no, you can't send it out now.' And then where does that leave us?"

Anyway, all of that weirdness is in the past now. Because according to TMZ, the Sheriff’s Department WILL release the findings today. So we’re finally going to get to the bottom of this. We’re finally going to get a straight forward explanation of what happened and what can be learned from it.


Not according to TMZ, we won’t.

Because according to TMZ “Tiger Woods' car crash was caused by excessive speed, but there may be more to the story that we may never know.”

The TMZ report added: “sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ... Tiger was speeding when he lost control of his suv and we're told the sheriff is hanging the cause of the accident squarely on speed.”

Wait, those are the results of the investigation??? That Tiger was speeding? That’s what everyone came up with?

I’m no Colombo, but I could’ve pieced that one together from my living room. All I had to do is take one look at that wrecked rig and I could have told you that speed was a factor.

The guy has the injuries consistent with jumping into a trash compactor and turning it on, and you’re going to sit here and tell me speed might have been a factor. Great. And I’m going to tell you water might be wet. You take all this time to investigate this wreck and that’s your conclusion?!?!?, Dude may have been going too fast. That’s it?

That’s not much better than me saying, I’ve conducted my own investigation into the woods wreck… by looking at a few pics online and have determined dude was just driving too damn fast.  I will not be taking questions at this time. 

So how is my investigation any different than the actual investigation done by authorities?

And there’s more from TMZ: We're told the SUV's black box shows Tiger actually accelerated at the time of the crash. We're also told that just as Tiger lost control the SUV actually gained speed. What the Sheriff's Dept. Does NOT know ... If Tiger was conscious when he lost control and careened down the embankment.

So not only was speed a factor, but according to TMZ, the speed increased just as Tiger lost control of the vehicle. Just don’t ask why, because either they didn’t investigate that, don’t know or just aren’t’ saying; only that the cause of the accident is probably excessive speed. 

And I know what you’re thinking – maybe he was on his phone at the time. AFTERALL, texting and driving is essentially as dangerous as drinking and driving….so maybe that’s what happened. That’s a reasonable assumption and one that you might want to investigate, but according to TMZ “law enforcement sources tell us, the Sheriff's Dept. Did not get a warrant to check Tiger's cell phone to determine if he was on a call or texting at the time of the crash. Our sources say the Dept. Felt it did not have probable cause to get a warrant for cell phone records, although that is often done in accident investigations.”

WHAT??? You have a vehicle that from the sounds of it, accelerated at a very strange time, hit a median, crossed through two lanes of on-coming traffic, and uprooted a tree. And you’re not going to check if the driver was on his phone? And also, you’re not going pull any blood to check if there were any substances involved, even though this is a person with a history of operating a vehicle while on a substance.

I don’t know how investigations like this are normally conducted. I am certainly not an expert in this field, but it would seem like checking cell phone records and drawing blood for testing might be part of the investigation when someone appears to randomly start speeding, jump a median, and pose a threat to themselves and others at 7am in the morning. I mean, don’t do they do that? AND wouldn’t they do that if it happened to you or to me? And no, I’m not saying that Tiger Woods got preferential treatment, but I am saying I could say how you might think that.  

When you run down the list of things: the fact that cell phone records weren’t pulled, that blood was not drawn, and that last week the Sheriff’s department was saying they wanted to check with him before talking about it publicly, you could see why people might think there was preferential treatment here. At best, this whole investigation is really weird: and worst dude got all sorts of preferential treatment because of who he is. 

My bottom line with this is the same as it’s ever been: I am relieved that Tiger survived. I hope that he is able to heal and recover so that he can spend time with his family and live the life that he would want. PERIOD. AND… and that this is investigation is really weird. With a ton of questions. Questions that apparently ARE always going to be there because none of the investigators thought to ask them or TO bother ACTUALLY answering any of them.